BOLI’s Complicated New Rules for Payment of Minimum Wage by Region

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By: Randall Sutton

Management-Side Employment Law

Saalfeld Griggs PC


The first of several significant annual increases to Oregon’s minimum wage are effective July 1st.  The rate of increases will vary by geographic region.  Within the Portland Urban growth boundary, the  minimum wage increases most quickly, starting at $9.75/hr on July 1, with a big increase to $11.25 in 2017, and eventual increases to $14.75 by 2022.  For Salem employers, non-rural counties, including Marion & Polk counties, will start at $9.75 and increase more slowly to an eventual $13.50 minimum wage in 2022.


Of course, this begs the question as to which rate applies to any given employer. Reading the statute, that seems quite simple. The statute provides that the applicable rate depends on where “the employer is located.”  Unfortunately, nothing in life is ever quite that simple.  BOLI has complicated the question by releasing rules yesterday that require employers to evaluate the (continue reading here)