New Brunswick minimum wage set to increase October 1, 2022.

New Brunswick’s minimum wage will increase by $1 to $13.75 per hour as of October 1, 2022.  The minimum overtime wage rate will continue to be 1.5 times the minimum wage.

Please note that as per the Employment Standards, the minimum wage applies to all employees paid by salary, commission and for piece work. 

October 1 falls in the middle of the pay period, can I wait until the next pay period to start paying the new minimum wage?

No. The new minimum wage comes into effect on October 1, 2022. Any hours worked on that date and after must be paid at a minimum of $13.75 per hour.

Example: The pay period is September 25 to October 8, 2022. The employee works 8 hours a day, Monday to Friday, and is paid at minimum wage.

Rate from September 25 to September 20: $12.75

Rate from October 1: $13.75

Do I have to increase the salaries of my employees who currently earn more than the minimum wage?

No. The law requires that you pay at least the minimum wage to all employees; beyond that, wage increases are at your discretion.

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