Statewide Minimum Wage Bill Could Affect New Local Laws

In the wake of the passage of minimum wage legislation in Montgomery and Prince George’s County, discussion about statewide minimum wage legislation continues, though few details have been revealed.  Depending on the form of the legislation, it is possible that these new local laws could be in conflict.  As reported by the Washignton Post, Montgomery and Prince George’s County recently voted to increase their minimum wages to $11.50 per hour by 2017.

As noted in the Maryland Juice, there is a possibility that the General Assembly will enact a law that jeopardizes Montgomery and Prince George’s County’s recent minimum wage increases.  They recently reported,

[T]oday’s AFL-CIO “Union City” newsletter indicat[es] that efforts are afoot in Annapolis to veto the MoCo & Prince George’s Councilmembers through state legislation. . .

For additional commentary, see this write-up from the Maryland Juice. 

As reported in the Washington Post, Governor O’Malley is working on a minimum wage bill to introduce this year, but he has not revealed the details of his legislation.

O’Malley’s office has been working on a bill to introduce in next year’s legislative session, but the governor has not said how much he would increase the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour or how quickly.

For more information, see the full story from the Post.

As referenced on the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) website, Maryland’s minimum wage is currently $7.25 per hour.  In addition,

Employers are allowed to pay tipped employees (defined as employees regularly earning more than $30 per month in tips) not less than $3.63 per hour, provided each employee earns enough tips to bring their average hourly wage to at least the State minimum wage $7.25 per hour. Deficiencies must be supplemented by the employer to bring the employee to the minimum wage level.

For more information see the complete fact sheet from DLLR.