Delaware Governor John Carney signed two pieces of legislation on July 1, 2018 to increase the state minimum wage while providing for reduced training wage and youth wage rates.
S.B. 170 increases the minimum wage rate in Delaware to $8.75 per hour on October 1, 2018. The minimum wage will then increase again to $9.25 per hour on October 1, 2019.
H.B. 483 creates a training minimum wage and a youth wage that is not more than $0.50 less than the state minimum wage rate. The training wage will allow employers to pay new employees over the age of 18 the reduced wage rate for the first 90 consecutive calendar days of employment. Employers will be able to pay the youth rate to employees under the age of 18. These reduced rates will apply effective January 1, 2019.