House of Representatives
Office of Program Research
Labor & Workforce Development Committee
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Brief Description: Increasing the minimum hourly wage to twelve dollars over three years.
Sponsors: Representatives Farrell, Sells, Ryu, Green, Reykdal, Stanford, Pollet, Hudgins, Gregerson, Walkinshaw, Robinson, Bergquist, S. Hunt, Fey, Riccelli, Lytton, Tharinger, Fitzgibbon, Sawyer, Tarleton, Jinkins, Goodman, Roberts, Moeller, Freeman, Moscoso, Cody, Wylie, Appleton, Ormsby, Dunshee and Habib.
Hearing Date: 2/4/14
Staff: Trudes Tango (786-7384).
Minimum Wage Act: Employers covered under the state Minimum Wage Act are required to pay employees age 18 or older no less than the state minimum wage rate. The state minimum wage rate is currently $9.32/hour. The federal minimum wage rate is currently $7.25/hour.
The state minimum wage rate must be adjusted for inflation each year. The Department of Labor and Industries calculates the adjusted rate using the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), for the 12 months prior to each September 1st.
Summary of Bill:
The state minimum wage rate is increased to $12/hour over the course of three years, as follows:
Beginning January 1, 2015: $10/hour.
Beginning January 1, 2016: $11/hour.
Beginning January 1, 2017: $12/hour.
Beginning January 1, 2018, and each January after, the state minimum wage rate shall be adjusted using the same method under current law.
Fiscal Note: Not requested.
Effective Date: The bill takes effect on January 1, 2015.