Starting Friday, businesses in St. Louis will have to pay their employees at least $10 an hour, rather than the state’s minimum of $7.70.
A circuit court judge lifted an injunction against a city ordinance on Thursday, a little over a week after the Missouri Supreme Court declined to reconsider its February ruling upholding the law.
Mayor Lyda Krewson’s office quickly announced the wage increase would go into effect Friday. The city is mailing notices to employers.
A spokesman for the mayor said officials expect voluntary compliance, but employees who aren’t receiving the correct wage may contact the city. He said the city will take it from there.
Any business that fails to comply could face prosecution in municipal court and could face revocation of their business license and occupancy permit.