§ 231.103. Training wage.
(a) Under section 4(e) of the act (43 P. S. § 333.104(e)), an employer may pay a 60-day training wage to an employee under 20 years of age based upon the minimum wage required under section 6(a) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (29 U.S.C.A. § 206(a)).
(1) The training wage under section 4(e) of the act is as follows:
(i) Until July 23, 2007, $5.15 an hour.
(ii) Beginning July 24, 2007, $5.85 an hour.
(iii) Beginning July 24, 2008, $6.55 an hour.
(2) The training wage may not be utilized after July 23, 2009. An employer shall pay the minimum wage of $7.25 to all employees subject to exclusions contained in the act commencing on July 24, 2009.
(b) An employer may pay an employee the training wage up to the day before the employees 20th birthday. On and after an employees 20th birthday, the employer shall increase the employees pay to the minimum wage required under § 231.101 (relating to minimum wage increase) even if the 60-day period has not expired.
(c) The 60-day period is calculated as follows:
(1) The 60-day period starts on the first day of work.
(2) The 60-day period is counted as consecutive calendar days and not as days worked or business days.
(3) A break in employment does not affect the calculation of the 60-day period of eligibility and does not allow the employer to restart the 60-day period.
(4) An employee under 20 years old may be paid the training wage for up to 60 consecutive calendar days after initial employment with any employer and not just the first employer who hired the employee.
(5) An employee eligible for the training wage may be employed at the same time by more than one employer if the employers are separate and distinct.
(6) An employee may be initially employed only once by any one employer even if there are breaks in employment.
(d) An employer shall notify an employee at the time of hire of the training wage under this section and the right to receive the Pennsylvania minimum wage contained in § 231.101 after 60 calendar days or at the employees 20th birthday if the employer utilizes this training wage.
(e) An employer may not take any action to displace or partially displace an existing employee to allow hiring of persons eligible for the training wage under this section. This includes any of the following:
(1) Reducing an employees hours.
(2) Reducing an employees wages or employment benefits.
(f) An employer may not do any of the following:
(1) Utilize the exclusions and exemptions contained in the act and this chapter if the employer is paying an employee the training wage under this section.
(2) Utilize the wage payment exclusions and exemptions of the act and this chapter for an employee when the 60-day training period has concluded or when the employee is ineligible for the training wage under this section. The employer shall pay the employee the minimum wage required under § 231.101 when the 60-day training period concludes or when the employee is ineligible for the training wage.
(g) An employer is not required to provide training to an employee paid the training wage under this section.
The provisions of this § 231.103 adopted October 27, 2006, effective October 28, 2006, 36 Pa.B. 6547; amended September 7, 2007, effective September 8, 2007, 37 Pa.B. 4880. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (323201) to (323202).
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