(CMR) As of 1 June 2023, all employees in Bermuda are entitled to receive a minimum hourly wage rate of at least $16.40 under the Employment (Minimum Hourly Wage) Order 2023.
Speaking on Bermuda's first minimum wage, the Minister of Economy & Labour, Jason Hayward, said, “This is a promise we have worked diligently and deliberately to implement. It is this Government’s desire to provide adequate protection to all Bermudians, and establishing a comprehensive minimum wage is fundamental to ensuring that we progress as a just and equitable society.”
Where an employee’s basic wage plus service charges, gratuities, and/or commission does not equal the minimum hourly wage rate of $16.40, their employer will be liable to provide the difference. This guarantees that an employee will receive the minimum hourly wage rate for every hour worked.
The Order also “sets out the guidelines for who is entitled to receive a minimum hourly wage and the enforcement provisions regarding adherence to the payment of a minimum hourly wage rate, among other things.”
“Additionally, it gives Labour Inspectors the authority to investigate an employee’s complaint against his employer and issue enforcement notices to employers who have failed to correctly remunerate their employee pursuant to this Order,” Hayward said.