Sunday, June 29, 2014

Seattle's Minimum Wage: It's Complicated

Note: The State of Washington's minimum wage is $9.32.

First of all, there are 2 categories of employers.
  • Large
    • 500 or more employees, in Seattle or nationally
    • Schedule 1
  • Small 
    • Fewer than 500 employees
    • Schedule 2
Then there are different schedules within each category
  • Schedule 1 ($15 minimum wage target date)
    • No benefits (January 1, 2017)
    • Health benefits (January 1, 2018)
  • Schedule 2 ($15 minimum wage target date)
    • No benefits (January 1, 2021)
    • Health benefits (January 1, 2019)

Schedule 2 employers can meet the applicable hourly minimum compensation requirement through

health care contribution*
*money paid by an employer towards an individual employee’s medical benefits plan

Minimum compensation requirement will no longer be in effect as of January 1, 2025.

City of Seattle.  Office of the Mayor.
Seattle City Council.  Select Committee on Minimum Wage and Income Inequality.
Ordinance no. 124490

Related posts: 
What happened the last time a minimum wage bill was introduced in the Wisconsin state legislature.  (6/27/2014)
 UW-Milwaukee survey:  76% of respondents support raising the minimum wage.  (6/25/2014)
Wisconsin's $7.25 minimum wage: "Minimum comfort" indeed! (6/24/2014)
U.S. minimum wage since 1960.  (6/24/2014)
Support for minimum wage hike grows.  (6/21/2014)
More evidence that Scott Walker and the Republican state legislature is increasingly out of touch with the people they serve.  (5/28/2014)
Earning minimum wage and looking for a place to live? Check the "Dumps" listings! (4/25/2014
Scraping by on $83.65 an hour.  (3/17/2014)
Minnesota legislature looks to boost minimum wage from $6.15 to $9.50 per hour.  (3/4/2014)
The minimum wage:  It's not the same all over.  (2/18/2014)
A border debate on the minimum wage.  (2/16/2014)
The MacIver Institute's Pavlovian response to an increase in the minimum wage. (1/10/2014)
The view from the other side of the counter.  (11/29/2013)
The minimum wage and the poverty guideline.  (11/20/2013)
Most of us don't buy into U.S. Chamber of Commerce handwringing over minimum wage.  (11/1/2013)
A look at the minimum wage.  (9/28/2013)

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