Louisville and Lexington have both passed ordinances in recent years mandating a phased-in increase in the minimum wage employers in those counties must pay. The Supreme Court of Kentucky ruled last week that these ordinances exceeded the authority of these local governments, the case is Kentucky Restaurant Association v. Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government.
The Court's rationale is weak, weak legal analysis at best. It is worth noting that the efforts to increase the federal minimum wage have been fiercely resisted by Republicans in Congress, who likewise have resisted reform and updating of overtime laws and taken those efforts to court as well.
There will be no advances in Kentucky, not with Matt Bevin as Governor and the Republicans in charge of at least the state Senate. Sorry but its true.
Lexington, Kentucky overtime lawyer Robert Abell helps individuals and employees recover the overtime they've earned but not been paid; contact him at 859-254-7076.