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Montgomery County (Maryland) Council Approves Increase In Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour

On January 17, 2017, the Montgomery County Council approved legislation that would increase the County’s minimum wage to $15 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees by July 1, 2020, and for all other employers by 2022. The Council approved the billHuman Rights and Civil Liberties – County Minimum Wage – Annual Adjustment, by a 5-4 vote, although it remains unclear whether Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett will veto the bill.

If allowed to become law, the bill would increase Montgomery County’s minimum wage to $12.50 per hour on July 1, 2018 and $13.75 per hour on July 1, 2019 before reaching $15/hour in 2020 for most businesses. The minimum wage for businesses with 25 or fewer employees would increase more gradually and reach $15 in 2022.  The County’s current minimum wage is $10.75 per hour and is set to increase to $11.50 per hour on July 1, 2017.  The bill also requires that, beginning in 2021, the minimum wage will be adjusted, if necessary, each year to match increases in the cost of living using the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers.

The minimum wage provisions do not apply to an employee who is:

  1. exempt from the minimum wage requirements of the State or Federal Act;
  2. under the age of 19 years and is employed no more than 20 hours per week; or
  3. subject to an opportunity wage under the State or Federal Act.

If the bill becomes law, Montgomery County would become the second jurisdiction in the Washington, D.C. area to approve a $15/hour minimum wage, after the District of Columbia.

© 2021 Proskauer Rose LLP. National Law Review, Volume VII, Number 19
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Guy Brenner, Labor Attorney, Proskauer Rose, arbitration proceedings Lawyer
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Guy Brenner is a partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department and co-head of the Non-Compete & Trade Secrets Group. He has extensive experience representing employers in both single-plaintiff and class action matters, as well as in arbitration proceedings. He also regularly assists federal government contractors with the many special employment-related compliance challenges they face.

Guy represents employers in all aspects of employment and labor litigation and counseling, with an emphasis on non-compete and trade secrets issues,...

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Ryan H. Hutzler is a law clerk in the Labor & Employment Law Department.

Ryan is a 2015 graduate, with honors, of The George Washington University Law School, where he was on The George Washington Law Review and Moot Court Board. He was the 2014 recipient of the New York State Bar Association’s Albert S. Pergam International Law Writing Competition Award. Ryan was a Proskauer summer associate in 2014 and clerked with the firm throughout his fourth year of law school, working with the labor and employment...

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