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BOLI Announces Oregon Minimum Wage Hike in 2015
September 17, 2014

By José Klein

Today, Oregon’s Labor and Industries Commissioner, Brad Avakian announced that effective January 1, 2015, Oregon’s minimum wage will rise 15 cents per hour to $9.25 per hour. With the increase Oregon will have the second-highest minimum wage behind Washington, which is currently set at $9.32 per hour. Washington has not yet announced its minimum wage for 2015 but is expected to do so soon.

Oregon, like Washington and several other states, “indexes” its minimum wage. That is, in Oregon, the minimum wage automatically rises with indicators of inflation and is pegged to the U.S. City Average Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for All Items prepared by the United States Department of Labor.

The increased minimum wage is expected to affect roughly 140,000 Oregon workers. If a worker currently earns below $9.25 per hour and the worker has a pay period beginning on or before December 31, 2014, and ending on or after January 1, 2015, the worker must be paid the hourly minimum wage for all hours worked in 2015.

Even if an employer has no employees who earn below $9.25 per hour, all Oregon employers (other than the federal government) must post an accurate minimum wage poster and must display an updated poster as of January 1, 2015. The 2015 poster should be available on BOLI’s website by the end of the week.

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