Agenda Item 7A
April 12, 2016
Josh Hamlin, Legislative
Bill 12-16, Human Rights and Civil Liberties - County Minimum
Wage - Amount - Annual Adjustment
Bill 12-16, Human Rights and Civil Liberties - County Minimum Wage - Annual
Adjustment, sponsored by Lead Sponsor Councilmember EIrich, and Co-Sponsors
Councilmembers Leventhal, Riemer and Navarro, is scheduled to be introduced on April 12. A
public hearing is tentatively scheduled for June 21 at 7:30 p.m.
increase the County minimum wage by a certain amount;
require the Chief Administrative Officer to adjust the County minimum wage rate
each year; and
generally amend the laws governing the minimum wage
In 2013, the Council enacted Bill 27-13,
which established a County minimum wage for
private sector employees working in the County, unless the State or federal minimum wage is
higher. The County minimum wage established under Bill 27-13, as amended, is phased in over
several years. The rate was set at $8.40 per hour effective October 1, 2014, and increased to
$9.55 per hour on October 1, 2015.
is set to increase to $10.75 on July 1 of this year, and will
go to $11.50 per hour on July 1,2017. The County minimum wage does not apply to a worker
who is exempt from the State or federal minimum wage, is under the age of 19 years and is
employed no more than 20 hours per week, or subject to an "opportunity wage" under the State
or federal law. Employers of tipped employees may include in the computation of their wage
amount a "tip credit" not exceeding the County minimum wage less $4.00 per hour.
2014, the Maryland General Assembly enacted a law raising the State's minimum
wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour over four years, with incremental increases to $8.25 in 2015,
$8.75 in 2016, $9.25 in 2017, and $10.10 in 2018. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 hour and
County minimum wage law has been amended twice since being established by Bill 27-13. Bill 59-14
modified some ofthe effective dates for increases, and Bil124-15 modified the method for calculating the "tip
credit" allowed to employers oftipped employees.