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Missouri Legislature Passes State Minimum Wage Bill

Authors: Robert W. Stewart (St Louis), Joseph T. Charron (Chicago)

Published Date: May 16, 2017

In the waning hours of Missouri’s 2017 legislative session, the Missouri General Assembly passed HB 1194, which prohibits Missouri cities from establishing minimum wage rates higher than the state’s minimum wage—which is currently $7.70 per hour. The new law also “preempts and nullifies” any local laws currently in effect—voiding St. Louis’s minimum wage ordinance that took effect just last week. The bill now heads to the desk of Governor Greitens, who is expected to sign it into law.

While the passage of the bill signals that relief may be in sight for city employers, that relief may still be a few months away. Early versions of the bill included an emergency clause, which would have allowed the new law to become effective immediately upon Governor Greitens’s signature. While the clause was passed by the Senate, it failed to garner the required two-thirds majority in the Missouri House of Representatives. As a result, assuming the governor signs the bill into law, St. Louis employers will have to wait until August 28, 2017, for the law to take effect. In the meantime, covered employers must continue to comply with the city’s minimum wage ordinance.

Currently, it is unclear whether St. Louis—or any other city in Missouri—will challenge the new law in court.

Robert W. Stewart  (St Louis)

Robert W. Stewart
Bob Stewart is equally comfortable and experienced in the field of Employment Law/Litigation, as well as in the field of Traditional Labor Law. Bob has extensive employment law/litigation experience, having first chaired more than 50 cases to verdict (half jury tried - half bench tried). These cases have ranged from single plaintiff discharge cases - to multiple plaintiff hostile work environmental cases - in State Courts and in several Federal District Courts. Litigators, despite their best...

Joseph T. Charron  (Chicago)

Joseph T Charron
J.T. Charron represents management in all aspects of labor and employment law, with an emphasis on litigating employment claims in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies. Mr. Charron has represented employers in litigation involving matters of employment discrimination, unlawful termination, breaches of non-competition agreements, whistleblowing, and wage and hour compliance. Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Mr. Charron was an HR manager for a large unionized manufacturing...