Utah’s current minimum wage is $7.25.
For more information on Utah’s minimum wage laws, visit our Utah 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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Utah does not have a prevailing wage law that governs wage rates on government project or service contracts.
Under certain circumstances, employers in Utah 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
Utah labor laws require employers to provide a meal period of not less than thirty (30) minutes to employees under the age of eighteen (18) scheduled to work more than five (5) hours. Employers must provide a rest break of at least ten (10) minutes to employees under the age of eighteen (18) for every three (3) hour period or part thereof that is worked. Utah Admin. Code R610-2-3.
Utah does not require employers to provide breaks, including lunch breaks, for workers eighteen (18) years old or older. UT Labor Comm. FAQs. An employer who chooses to provide a break in excess of twenty (20) minutes does not have to pay wages for lunch periods or other breaks if the employee is free to leave the worksite, in fact takes their lunch or break, and the employee does not actually perform work. According to federal law, breaks twenty (20) minutes or shorter typically must be paid.
Information about Utah vacation leave laws may now be found on our Utah Leave Laws page.
Information about Utah sick leave laws may now be found on our Utah Leave Laws page.
Information about Utah holiday leave laws may now be found on our Utah Leave Laws page.
Jury Duty Leave
Information about Utah jury duty leave laws may now be found on our Utah Leave Laws page.
Information about Utah voting leave laws may now be found on our Utah Leave Laws page.
Utah labor laws do not require employers to provide employees with severance pay. UT Labor Comm. FAQs. If an employer chooses to provide severance benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.
A well documented employee handbook is a must for all big and small businesses. These handbooks with all mandatory and recommended policies may given to the employees at the time of joining. Written policies help in effective work force management.
Under certain circumstances, Utah 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 Utah State Unemployment Benefits.