Yesterday’s Minimum Wage Vote
I’m happy to report that the County Council yesterday voted unanimously to approve a compromise that will phase in the $15-per-hour wage over four years based on a business’ size. County Executive Ike Leggett has stated that he will sign the bill into law.
Under the compromise:
- Large businesses with more than 50 employees will be required to pay the minimum wage in 2021
- Businesses with 11 to 50 employees will have to pay the wage in 2023
- Small businesses with fewer than 11 employees will need to pay the wage in 2024
The Council also approved a measure to tie the wage to the inflation rate in 2022 to prevent the need to vote to increase the wage in the future.