Oregon Minimum Wage Will Increase from 2016 to 2023

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Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon’s minimum wage will gradually increase through 2023, eventually reaching one of the highest minimum wage rates in the nation. The increased wage rage is dependent on state locations as described in the below tables:

High Density Counties
(Portions of Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties located inside Portland’s Urban Growth Boundary)
July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017 $9.75
July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018 $11.25
July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 $12.00
July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020 $12.50
July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 $13.25
July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022 $14.00
July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023 $14.75
Medium Density Counties
(Benton, Clatsop, Columbia, Deschutes, Hood River, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, Tillamook, Wasco, Yamhill, and the portions of Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties located outside of Portland’s Urban Growth Boundary.)
July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017 $9.75
July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018 $10.25
July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 $10.75
July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020 $11.25
July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 $12.00
July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022 $12.75
July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023 $13.50
Low Density Counties
(Baker, Coos, Crook, Curry, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wheeler.)
July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017 $9.50
July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018 $10.00
July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 $10.50
July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020 $11.00
July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 $11.50
July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022 $12.00
July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023 $12.50

While the above table indicates three separate wage regions within Oregon, the law does not specify how an employer should determine its location for the purpose of paying minimum wage, and does not address if employees who travel as part of their job duties (e.g., truck drivers) are entitled to multiple wage rates.  Further guidance in the form of Rules issued by the Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries indicating how these determinations should be made is expected.

 

Action Items:

  1. Review your organization’s budget to plan for future labor expense.
  2. Adjust wage rates, if necessary.

Disclaimer: This document is designed to provide general information and guidance concerning employment-related issues. It is presented with the understanding that ManagEase is not engaged in rendering any legal opinions. If a legal opinion is needed, please contact the services of your own legal adviser.

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