Agenda Item 11
September 26, 2017
September 22, 201 7
Josh Harrtlin, Legislative Attome,n:4t
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, Rucker and Navarro, was introduced on July 25. A
Health and Human Services Committee worksession is tentatively scheduled for October 9 at 9:30
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 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, 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 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.