Ahhh....the good old days. Remember when gas was 19 cents a gallon? Or when the minimum wage was raised to $1?
On January 1, 1962, Pennsylvania raised the minimum wage for men, women and minors to $1 per hour. There were a few exceptions:
Learners made 85 cents an hour.
Employers could deduct 35 cents per hour if the employee got tips at least 75% of the working day which totaled at least 35 cents per hour. There was no such thing as a free meal; if the boss fed you on the job, he could deduct 50 cents per meal. If you received lodging from your employer, he could deduct $5 a week from your pay.
The new law replaced the 1937 Minimum Wage Law, which was on the books for 25 years.
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