Minimum wage to increase to $10 per hour23 February 2012
FREDERICTON (CNB) – The minimum wage in New Brunswick will increase by 50 cents to $10 per hour on Sunday, April 1. Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Martine Coulombe made the announcement today.
Employees paid a salary, or by commission, or by the piece, are entitled to receive at least the minimum wage for all hours worked under the control of the employer. Once this latest increase is in effect, an individual working 40 hours per week will earn a minimum of $400 per week. The minimum overtime wage rate will be $15 per hour. An individual is entitled to receive this wage for any hours worked after 44 hours in a week.
Coulombe said that following consultations with stakeholders and members of the public, the provincial government has decided not to proceed with the introduction of a special minimum wage for servers earning tips.
“In the coming months, we will be working with the minimum wage board on a plan to ensure future minimum wage increases are sustainable for businesses and fair to workers," Coulombe said.
For more information on the minimum wage, paid public holidays, and the Employment Standards Act, contact the Employment Standards Branch at 1-888-452-2687 or online.
● Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour: www.gnb.ca/labour
● Department of Social Development (poverty): www.gnb.ca/poverty