Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Potential Changes to Oregon Minimum Wage Coming

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PNN: OR Minimum Wage

A new bill that has passed both houses of the Oregon Legislature could create a three-tiered minimum wage system in the state (S.B. 1532):

  • The highest tier would raise the minimum wage in increments to $14.75 an hour by 2022 and would be in effect in the largest urban areas, such as the city of Portland.
  • The middle tier would raise the minimum wage in increments to $13.50 an hour by 2022 and would be in effect in smaller cities, such as Eugene.
  • The lowest tier would raise the minimum wage in increments to $12.50 an hour by 2022 and would be in effect in non-urban or rural areas.

Currently, the Oregon minimum wage is $9.25 an hour, and it is adjusted for inflation every year. The first minimum wage increases under the new bill would take effect in each tier on July 1, 2016. Oregon Governor Kate Brown has expressed her support for the bill, and said she looks forward to signing it.

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