Kentucky’s current minimum wage is $7.25.
For more information on Kentucky’s minimum wage laws, visit our Kentucky Minimum Wage Laws page, which includes topics such as minimum wage, tip minimum wage, tip sharing and pooling, and subminimum wages.
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Kentucky labor laws require employers to pay employees overtime at a rate of 1½ time their regular rate when they work more than 40 hours in a workweek, unless otherwise exempt. KY Labor Cabinet – Workplace Standards Regulations.
Kentucky also requires employers to pay employees overtime at the rate of 1½ time their regular rate for all hours worked on the seventh day when an employee works seven (7) days in a workweek. KY Labor Cabinet – Workplace Standards Regulations.
See FLSA: Overtime for more information regarding overtime requirements.
Kentucky does not have a prevailing wage law that governs wage rates on government project or service contracts.
Under certain circumstances, employers in Kentucky may be required to pay residents wage rates established by federal prevailing wage rates and rules. The prevailing wage rates may be different from the federal and state’s standard minimum wage rates. Employees may be eligible for prevailing wages if they work on government or government-funded construction projects or perform certain government services. See the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA), and Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act (PCA) for more information about prevailing wages.
Meals and Breaks
Kentucky labor laws require employers to provide employees with a rest period of at least 10 minutes during each four hours of work. The rest period is a paid break. KY Labor Cabinet – Workplace Standards Regulations.
Employers must also provide a reasonable period for a meal no sooner than the third nor later than the fifth hour of a work shift unless it has mutually agreed with the employee to some other arrangement. (“Reasonable” is not defined by law.) A meal period does not have to be paid so long as the employee is relieved of all duties during the break. KY Labor Cabinet – Workplace Standards Regulations.
Nursing Mother Breaks
Kentucky labor laws require employers with fifteen (15) or more employees to provide nursing mothers with breaks to express breast milk in private spaces that are not bathrooms. KY Statute 344.030.
Information about Kentucky vacation leave laws may now be found on our Kentucky Leave Laws page.
Information about Kentucky sick leave laws may now be found on our Kentucky Leave Laws page.
Information about Kentucky holiday leave laws may now be found on our Kentucky Leave Laws page.
Jury Duty Leave
Information about Kentucky jury duty leave laws may now be found on our Kentucky Leave Laws page.
Information about Kentucky voting leave laws may now be found on our Kentucky Leave Laws page.
Kentucky labor laws do not require employers to provide employees with severance pay. If an employer chooses to provide severance benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.
Under certain circumstances, Kentucky residents may be eligible for unemployment benefits while they search for another job. You are required to certify that you are unemployed on a weekly basis to receive these benefits. See Kentucky State Unemployment Benefits.