Minimum Wage: Hawaii
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Anna Elento-Sneed, Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing
- Hawaii's minimum wage is currently $8.50. It is scheduled to reach $10.10 by 2018. See Minimum Wage.
- Hawaii's wage and hour law is similar to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, but the state law applies to all employers regardless of size. The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) will follow federal wage and hour laws unless there are specific state statutes or regulations to the contrary.
- Employers may apply employees' tips or the cost of board, lodging and other facilities toward their minimum wage obligations. However, employers are prohibited from making any deductions from an employee's pay unless the deduction is required by law or court order, or authorized in writing by the employee. See Deductions Below the Minimum Wage.
- Although the DLIR is empowered to authorize subminimum wages, the agency has not done so. See Subminimum Wages.