• What You Need to Know About St. Louis City’s $10 Minimum Wage

    May 08, 2017

    Almost two years after the passage of an ordinance by the City of St. Louis, a new minimum wage of $10 an hour is now in effect as of May 5th after the St. Louis Circuit Court lifted its injunction.

    The City of St. Louis passed a minimum wage increase in 2015; however, the ordinance was stopped from going into effect by a circuit court injunction. Business groups took legal action due to concern for regulatory confusion created by enacting a higher rate than the state, which is set at $7.70. The St. Louis Circuit Court agreed with the business groups, but the Missouri Supreme Court rejected the argument and ruled in favor of the City on February 28th. On April 25th, the Supreme Court declined to reconsider the order, effectively ending the matter. The new wage is now effect and will rise again to $11 beginning on January 1, 2018.

    The new minimum wage will not apply to businesses that gross under $500,000 per year or employ fewer than 15 workers. It will also not apply to employees who work less than 20 hours per calendar year. This City is expecting “voluntary compliance from employers,” although there is a complaint process employees may utilize if they are not receiving the new wage.

    While the St. Louis Regional Chamber is in favor of discussing a statewide or national minimum wage increase, our position on a City-only increase remains unchanged. We are concerned the new law could negatively impact workers, further fragment local government, and weaken the City of St. Louis. The wage increase is effectively a fee on employers in the City that will spawn unintended consequences on workers through job eliminations and increased retail prices.

    If you need information regarding exemptions, notice requirements, complaints, and other details, visit https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/minimum-wage/. The City’s website has a list of frequently asked questions.

    If you have any additional questions about how the new minimum wage will affect your business, you can send an email to minimumwage@stlouis-mo.gov, call the Citizen’s Service Bureau at (314) 589-6735, or send a tweet to @stlcsb.

  • St. Louis Green Business Challenge Returns For Its 8th Annual Sustainability Program

    Apr 27, 2017

    St. Louis Green Business Challenge logoUpdate: We are pleased to offer a limited-time 50% discount to first-time participants entering on the Leader or Champion levels using the code gchnew2017. Register today!

    If your company is interested in the Challenge, attend a FREE informational meeting at the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center in Forest Park on May 10, 7:30 - 9:30 am. Space is limited and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    The St. Louis Green Business Challenge is recruiting companies to join its 8th annual sustainability program through May 12, 2017.  Powered by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and the Missouri Botanical Garden, the St. Louis Green Business Challenge introduces companies of all sizes and industries to the world of sustainable business practices.

    Since the program’s inception in 2010, 176 companies have participated in the Challenge, representing over 150,000 employees engaged in sustainable business practices. By leveraging the St. Louis Regional Chamber’s broad business network and the Missouri Botanical Garden’s sustainability resources, the St. Louis Green Business Challenge influences the business, education, government and nonprofit sectors of the St. Louis regional economy. Companies benefit from customized coaching and site visits provided by the EarthWays Center, the Missouri Botanical Garden’s sustainability division.

    Participants choose one of four tracks to measures their progress based on their company’s culture and goals: the Apprentice Track, Leaders Track, Champions Track or Green Cities Track. A point-based scorecard tracks each company’s progress based on six sustainability measures: Outreach, Energy, Indoor Environmental Quality, Waste, Water and Transportation. These measures guide participants to conserve energy, improve indoor environmental quality, reduce waste, promote clean transportation alternatives and educate fellow organizations.

    Companies can register for the 2017 Challenge through May 12. Program details and registration links are available at www.stlouisgreenchallenge.com

    For more information about joining the St. Louis Green Business Challenge, contact Jean Ponzi at jean.ponzi@mobot.org or 314–577–0246.

    About the St. Louis Regional Chamber
    The St. Louis Regional Chamber is a broad community of leaders united for economic prosperity throughout the entire St. Louis bi-state region. Our aspiration is for St. Louis to be one of the Top 10 U.S. regions in prosperity. Our one purpose is to inspire a greater St. Louis. Together, we will make St. Louis a more attractive place for people to live, work, and invest. We will win on today’s regional strengths in focused economic clusters: financial services, health, multimodal logistics, and biosciences. We will champion a better tomorrow through greater educational attainment, inclusion and talent attraction, entrepreneurship and innovation. For more information, visit www.stlregionalchamber.com.

    About the Missouri Botanical Garden and Earthways Center
    The Missouri Botanical Garden’s mission is “to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life.” Today, 158 years after opening, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display. EarthWays Center, the sustainability division of the Garden, engages tens of thousands of adults and youth, businesses and municipalities with green living ideas and practices through tours, classes, summer camp, partnerships with many other organizations and events. For more information, visit www.missouribotanicalgarden.org