ARUP And Quest Raise Minimum Hourly Wage To $15
ARUP Laboratories (Salt Lake City, UT) says that it will increase its minimum hourly wage to $15 effective November 27. All new hires and approximately 600 employees who currently earn less than the new minimum will be paid $15 per hour or more. In addition, about 2,800 hourly employees who already earn more than $15 per hour also will get raises with the higher minimum hourly wage. ARUP has about 4,500 employees, most of whom work in University of Utah Research Park.
Effective November 7, Quest Diagnostics says that it will adjust its hourly rate to $15 for the small number of employees who were below that level. In addition, Quest will make a non-taxable payment ($500 for full-time employees and $250 for part-time and per diem) to approximately 47,500
employees to offset financial challenges due to the pandemic.
Finally, Quest noted that another year of pandemic pressures and travel restrictions have made it very difficult for many of its employees to take their paid time off (PTO). Therefore, Quest said it is providing a payout of most unused PTO for its hourly employees to ensure they don’t forfeit it at
the end of the year.
Recently, Labcorp also announced it was raising its minimum wage to $15 (see LE, September 2021).