Q: What is the youth subminimum wage?  

The Youth Minimum Wage, the sub-minimum wage for employees under 20 years of age is $4.25 per hour (the last change to the sub-minimum wage was on October 1, 1996). This rate applies to the first 90 consecutive calendar days of employment with an employer. Employers may not displace any employee to hire someone at the youth minimum wage.

The Youth Subminimum Wage was established by the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act, Section 6(g)). Unless prohibited by state or local law, any employer covered by the FLSA may employ a youth under the age of 20 for a minimum wage of $4.25 for a 90 consecutive calendar days.

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