31 Jan 2008

American Samoa's Congressman introduces bill to amend minimum wage act

11:21 am on 31 January 2008

American Samoa Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin has informed Governor Togiola that he has introduced a bill which would amend the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007.

The federal minimum wage law is due to go into effect in May.

Congressman Faleomavaega says he would achieve the amendement by removing the annual 50 US cent increases to the local minimum wage.

The new bill proposes that any further increases in minimum wages applicable to the territory would be based on a decision by the Secretary of Labor that such increases will not have an adverse impact on either economy.

Faleomavaega introduced the bill in response to the Department of Labor's recent report, which indicated that the first increase of 50 cents per hour was not harmful to either economy although further increases could be.