Agenda Item 10
June 21, 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
Adjustment, sponsored by Lead Sponsor Councilmember EIrich, and Co-Sponsors
Councilmembers Leventhal, Riemer, Navarro and Hucker, was introduced on April 12. A Health
and Human Services Committee worksession will be scheduled at a later date.
Bill 12-16 would:
increase the County minimum wage by a certain amount;
require the Chief Administrative Officer
adjust the County minimum wage rate
each year; and
generally amend the laws governing the minimum wage
In 2013, the Council enacted Bill 27-13,1 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 Bi1l27-13, 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
It 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 oftipped employees may include in the computation oftheir wage amount a "tip credit"
not exceeding the County minimum wage less $4.00 per hour.
In 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 has not
County minimum wage Jaw has been amended twice since being established by Bill 27-13. BiII59-14
modified some ofthe effective dates for increases, and Bill 24-15 modified the method for calculating the ''tip
credit" allowed to employers oftipped employees.