HHS Item 1
October 9, 2017
October 5, 2017
Health and Human Services Committ//..1
Josh Hamlin, Legislative
Gene Smith, Legislative Analys~
Bill 28-17, Human Rights and Civil Liberties - County Minimum
Wage-Amount - Annual Adjustment
Bill 28-17, Human Rights and Civil Liberties - County Minimum Wage - Amount -
Annual Adjustment, sponsored by Lead Sponsor Councilmember Elrich, and Co-Sponsors
Councilmembers Leventhal, Riemer, Bucker and Navarro, was introduced on July 25. A public
hearing on the Bill was held on September 26.
Bill 28-17 would:
increase the County minimum wage by a certain amount;
require the Chief Administrative Officer to adjust the County minimum wage rate
each year; and
require the Office of Legislative Oversight to conduct an annual analysis of the impact
of the County minimum wage.
In 2013, the Council enacted Bill 2 7-13,
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, was 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, $10.75 on July 1, 2016, and $11.50 per hour on July 1, of this year.
There are no requirements in County law for further increases in the County minimum wage.
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
The County minimum wage law has been amended twice since being established by Bill 27-13. Bill 59-14
modified some of the effective dates for increases, and Bill 24-15 modified the method for calculating the "tip
credit" allowed to employers of tipped employees.