Next hike in minimum wage in effect Sept 30

Dear Editor

Are local employers aware of the mandated minimum wage increase effective 30th September, 2021?

What is the Government’s position after 40 years fighting excessive minimum wage increases and there opposition to The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007, as most recently amended by H.R. 2617 (Public Law 114-61) in the past.

Just asking.

The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007, as most recently amended by H.R. 2617 (Public Law 114-61), sets industry-specific minimum wage rates within American Samoa and provides that additional increases in those minimum wage rates of $0.40 per hour will occur every three years on September 30, until all of the minimum wage rates equal the federal minimum wage. American Samoa’s industry-specific minimum wage rates were most recently increased by $0.40 each on September 30, 2018, and are scheduled to increase again in 2021, 2024, 2027, etc. American Samoa’s minimum wage rates are set for particular industries, not for an employee’s particular occupation. The rates are minimum rates; an employer may choose to pay an employee at a rate higher than the industry-specific rate.

Phil Love