Maryland Employment Law Update – March 2017

Maryland

Baltimore City Council Approved Minimum Wage Increase but Mayor Vetoed the Ordinance

On March 20, 2017, the Baltimore City Council approved an ordinance (Council Bill 17-0018) that would phase in increases in the minimum wage that must be paid to employees in the city until the minimum wage reaches $15 an hour by July 1, 2022. Small employers would be phased in on a separate schedule that reaches $15 an hour on July 1, 2026. The wage hikes would apply to individuals who work for an employer, or who are expected to work for an employer, for 25 or more hours in a calendar year within the geographic boundaries of the city. While the wage hikes would apply to workers in city government, they would not apply to workers of federal, state, and local governments.

The ordinance was sent to Mayor Catherine Pugh for approval but she vetoed the measure on March 24, 2017. Twelve of the Council’s 15 members would have to vote to override the veto. There is no current information from the Council as to whether the vote to override has or will occur.

Read Council Bill 17-0018