Vermont’s minimum wage will increase to $10.78 on Jan. 1

The minimum wage in Vermont will increase from $10.50 per hour to $10.78 per hour effective January 1, 2019. The basic wage for service and tipped employees will increase from $5.25 per hour to $5.39 per hour.

The Vermont Wage and Hour Division of the Vermont Department of Labor has updated the Minimum Wage Notice Poster (WH-11 (10/18)P to reflect the increases.

A “service or tipped employee” means an employee of a hotel, motel, tourist place, or restaurant who customarily and regularly receive more than $120 per month in tips for direct and personal customer service. If an employee does not receive sufficient tips in a work week to at least achieve the state minimum wage for all hours worked that week, the employer must make up the difference.

In addition, the Wage and Hour Division has updated the Notice for the increases in Vermont’s Meals and Lodging Allowance (WH-31 (10/18)) for 2019. Effective January 1, 2019, an employer will be entitled to deduct from wages earned an allowance for meals and lodging actually furnished and accepted as follows:

  • Breakfast, $3.17 daily;
  • Lunch, $3.65 daily;
  • Dinner, $3.95 daily;
  • Full Board, $10.68 daily or $74.76 per week;
  • Nightly Lodging, $4.36 daily;
  • Full Room, $26.20 weekly;
  • Full Room and Board, $90.49 per week.

(Vermont Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Program.)

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