Wages for non-tipped employees at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort will be increasing dramatically, starting at the end of September. The Hot Springs gaming facility is increasing non-tipped employees’ hourly wages to $13 per hour, a $3.75 increase per hour from the former wage of $9.25/hour.
In addition, tipped employees will now be paid, at minimum, $6 per hour.
“Oaklawn’s success is because of our team members,” Oaklawn President Louis Cella said. “And, we are making this change to show that investing in our employees is just as important as the investment we’re making in our facility and its expansion.”
Oaklawn is currently is the middle of a major renovation at its Hot Springs facility. It is adding a high-rise hotel with an event center. There will also be more than 28,000 square feet added for additional gaming.
“This move is yet another component of our vision to bring ‘a new level of excellence’ to everything we do when it comes to our current and future team members,” Oaklawn general manager Wayne Smith said. “We’re focused on a ‘new level of action’ in both the racetrack and the casino by being the first and only legal sports book in the state and by adding live craps and blackjack earlier this year. We’re getting ready for a ‘new level of racing’ with an unprecedented four $1 million stakes races during the 2020 live race meet. And, with our massive expansion project being right on schedule, we’re preparing to deliver a ‘new level of excitement’ to the region!”