OREGON EMPLOYERS TAKE A HIKE

Effective July 1, 2016, the minimum wage in Oregon will begin increasing on a pre-set annual basis through the year 2022.  The increases vary depending on where the employer is “located,” with the highest amount applying to employers in the Portland metro area, and the lowest amount applying in smaller “nonurban” counties. (See list of “nonurban” counties below)  There is a mid-range for employers in urban areas other than Portland, including Eugene, Salem, Medford, Bend, and Springfield.

The ranges, year by year, are as follows:

July 1, 2016              $9.50 – $9.75

July 1, 2017              $10.00 – $10.25- $11.25

July 1, 2018              $10.50 – $10.75 – $12.00

July 1, 2019              $11.00 – $11.25 – $12.50

July 1, 2020              $11.50 – $12.00 – $13.25

July 1, 2021              $12.00 – $12.75 – $14.00

July 1, 2022              $12.50 – $13.50 – $14.75

The law provides that the rate will be adjusted annually for after 2022.  The Bureau of Labor is charged with implementing rules to determine an employer’s “location.”  For more information, please contact a PRH attorney.

Nonurban Counties:  Baker, Coos, Crook, Curry, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, and Wheeler.