Iowa law bars local laws exceeding state or federal minimum wage

Iowa bars counties and cities within the state from setting their own minimum wage and other employment laws that exceed or conflict with laws enacted by the state or federal government. The bill, H.F. 295, goes even further to declare that any county or city law previously enacted that conflicts with the proposed law’s provisions would become void and unenforceable. The current state minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. Specifically, H.F. 295 prohibits counties and cities in the state from adopting, enforcing, or otherwise administering an ordinance, motion, resolution, or amendment that provides for terms or conditions of employment “that exceed or conflict with the requirements of federal or state law relating to a minimum or living wage rate, any form of employment leave, hiring practices, employment benefits, scheduling practices, or other terms or conditions of employment.”

Further, the bill makes any ordinance, motion, resolution, or amendment adopted before the effective date of the proposal which violates the proposal’s provisions void and unenforceable as of the effective date of the law. (H.F. 295, Laws 2017, approved and effective March 30, 2017.)

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