Hopefully, the folks at Dunder Mifflin took note of today’s mandated minimum wage increase required under the Fair Minimum Wage Act passed in 2007. As of today, the minimum wage is $6.55; next year, the official federal minimum wage will be increased to $7.25 per hour.
While it’s unlikely that this will affect the wages of any of the Scranton branch employees, this new increase could take a serious toll on the profitability of Dwight’s beet farm operations. If his cousin Mose hears about the increase, Dwight is going to have to find a way to come up with the money to pay Mose’s higher wage — that’s assuming, of course, that Dwight pays Mose at all.
While ensuring compliance with the new wage law is easy for most of us, if Mose receives tips, Dwight has a mathematical challenge on his hands. Employers that have tipped employees just need to be sure that their Moses are getting an equivalent to the new minimum wage, or your beet farms and restaurants will be shut down!