Question: Last March, we hired a staff member’s college freshman daughter for several weeks and we paid her the $4.25 an hour opportunity wage. We’d like to hire her again for the summer. Can we continue to pay her $4.25 an hour?
Answer: You can pay employees under the age of 20 $4.25 an hour for their first 90 consecutive calendar days of employment. But a break in service doesn’t stop the 90-day period from running. However, since it’s only May, and you last hired her in March, she still has some time on the clock at $4.25 an hour.
Be careful: Count forward from her first day of work, to the 90th consecutive day, including weekends. You must pay her at least the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour (higher if that’s what your state law requires) on her 91st day.