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Relating to minimum wage rate; amending ORS 653.025

Be It Enacted by the People of the State of Oregon:

SECTION 1. ORS 653.025 is amended to read:

653.025. (1) Except as provided by ORS 652.020 and the rules of the Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries issued under ORS 653.030 and 653.261, for each hour of work time that the employee is gainfully employed, no employer shall employ or agree to employ any employee at wages computed at a rate lower than:

(a) For calendar year 1997, $5.50.

(b) For calendar year 1998, $6.00.

(c) For calendar years after December 31, 1998, and before January 1, 2003, $6.50.

(d) For calendar year 2003, $6.90.

(e) For calendar years [after 2003] 2004 through 2016, a rate adjusted for inflation.

(f) For calendar year 2017, $11.50.

(g) For calendar year 2018, $13.25.

(h) For calendar year 2019, $15.00.

(2)(a) The Oregon minimum wage shall be adjusted annually for inflation, as provided in paragraph (b) of this subsection.

(b) No later than September 30 of each year, beginning in calendar year [2003] 2019, the commissioner shall calculate an adjustment of the wage amount specified in subsection (1) of this section based upon the increase (if any) from August of the preceding year to August of the year in which the calculation is made in the U.S. City Average Consumer Price Index for

All Urban Consumers for All Items as prepared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor or its successor.

(c) The wage amount established under this subsection shall:

(A) Be rounded to the nearest five cents; and

(B) Become effective as the new Oregon minimum wage, replacing the dollar figure specified in the subsection (1) of this section, on January 1 of the following year.

NOTE: Matter in boldfaced type in an amended section is new; matter [italic and bracketed] is existing law to be omitted. New sections are in boldfaced type.

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