As of July 1, 2019, minimum wage workers across Oregon will be receiving a wage increase due to 2016 Oregon Legislature, Senate Bill 1532.  Beginning July 1, 2016, it calls for an annual minimum wage increase.  These prescribed increases will run through July 1, 2022.  Beginning in 2023, the increases will be tied to inflation with the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

For Oregon minimum wage, it is broken into three areas, Standard, Portland Metro, and Nonurban Counties.  There are a few resources to determine which area you are in.  All of Yamhill County is considered to be in the standard area.

The Portland Metro area is shown on the map.  For a specific address, there is also a lookup tool.  Additionally, the nonurban counties are as follows: Baker, Coos, Crook, Curry, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Klamath, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wheeler.

The chart below lists the prescribed wages for the specific periods and regions:

Effective Date Standard Portland Metro Nonurban County
July 1, 2016 $9.75 $9.75 $9.50
July 1, 2017 $10.25 $11.25 $10.00
July 1, 2018 $10.75 $12.00 $10.50
July 1, 2019 $11.25 $12.50 $11.00
July 1, 2020 $12.00 $13.25 $11.50
July 1, 2021 $12.75 $14.00 $12.00
July 1, 2022 $13.50 $14.75 $12.50
July 1, 2023 Adjusted increase based on the US City average CPI for all urban consumers $1.25 over the standard minimum wage $1 less than the standard minimum wage
Oregon Map Minimum Wage
Different counties in Oregon with their corresponding classification for minimum wage. (Image from Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries)

Working in Different Regions

There are a few potential hiccups that can occur when applying minimum wage to employees depending on your location.  For example, the scenario of the business’ location being in one region, but the work being performed in a different region.  The general rule to follow is where is the work performed?  If the work is primarily performed in the employer’s region, more than 50%, then the rate is based on the employer’s region (OAR 839-020-0011(1)(a)).  If the work is performed in a region different than the employer for more than 50% of the employee’s time, then the other region’s rate is used for the employee’s wages (OAR 839-020-0011(2)).

In a pay period when the employee works more than 50% of their time outside of the employer’s region, then applicable pay rate is determined on a pay period by pay period basis per OAR 839-020-0011(2)(b).  For example, if an employee generally works out of the McMinnville office, but then spends 75% of their time during the pay period in Portland on a project, they can be paid one of two ways.  First, all hours can be paid at the Portland Metro rate.  The second option would be to pay a mixed rate.  The employee would get the standard rate for the McMinnville hours, but then get the Portland Metro rate for the Portland time.

It is important to seek guidance prior to running into these situations and to know what rates to be paying ahead of time.  It is also important to make sure your employees have a clear understanding to eliminate surprises on their paychecks.

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