2015 ORS § 653.025¹
Minimum wage rate

This section is amended
Effective March 2, 2016
Relating to minimum wage; creating new provisions; amending ORS 653.025; and declaring an emergency.

(1) Except as provided by ORS 652.020 (Maximum working hours in certain industries) and the rules of the Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries issued under ORS 653.030 (Commissioner may prescribe lower rates in certain cases) and 653.261 (Minimum employment conditions), 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 [bad link].

(b) For calendar year 1998, $6.00 [bad link].

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

(d) For calendar year 2003, $6.90 [bad link].

(e) For calendar years after 2003, a rate adjusted for inflation.

(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, 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 subsection (1) of this section, on January 1 of the following year. [1967 c.596 §4; 1973 c.403 §3; 1975 c.504 §1; 1979 c.832 §1; 1979 c.886 §1; 1985 c.99 §2; 1985 c.161 §1; 1989 c.446 §4; 1997 c.1 §1; 2003 c.2 §1]

Note: The amendments to ORS 653.025 (Minimum wage rate) by section 1, chapter 2, Oregon Laws 2003 (Ballot Measure No. 25 (2002)), incorrectly set forth paragraphs (1)(a) to (e) as subsections (1) to (5) and included nonstandard internal references. These form and style errors have been corrected by Legislative Counsel pursuant to ORS 173.160 (Powers and duties of Legislative Counsel in preparing editions for publication).