BOLI Adopts New Minimum Wage Rules
On June 15, 2016, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) announced the publication of new minimum wage rules in preparation for the July 1st minimum wage increase. The rules will help employers calculate wages in circumstances such as a worker performing duties at a location other than the employer’s permanent location or working in multiple areas in the course of a work period.
Passed by the 2016 Oregon Legislature, S.B. 1532 creates a series of annual minimum wage increases starting on July 1, 2016. After 2023, Oregon’s minimum wage rate will be indexed to inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), a figure published by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics to track prices for a fixed “market basket” of goods.
The law creates a tiered wage floor based on three zones around the state: 1) inside the urban growth boundary of the Portland metro region, including Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties; 2) certain nonurban counties; and 3) the rest of the state.