Hawaii lawmakers pass minimum wage increase bill

Published On: Apr 08 2014 06:02:55 PM HST
Updated On: Apr 08 2014 09:57:26 PM HST
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HONOLULU -

The House passed a bill Tuesday that will raise the minimum wage in Hawaii.

Before it goes to the governor to become law, details of the bill will have to be hammered out in conference with the Senate.

In its current form, the bill raises Hawaii's minimum wage by 50 cents beginning next year and by 75 cents a year until it hits $10.10 in 2018.

It doubles the existing tip credit to 50 cents, but restricts it to employees whose wages and tips together exceed the minimum wage by at least $7 an hour. The tip credit is the amount an employer can withhold from the wages of a worker who also earns tips.

Hawaii's minimum wage has been $7.25 an hour since 2007.

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