March 2, 2015 - COUNCIL TO CONSIDER DELAY OF MINIMUM WAGE EFFECTIVE DATES

Monday, March 2

In response to urging by GSSCC and other business groups, the Montgomery County Council Health & Human Services (HHS) Committee has recommended to full Council that efforts to synchronize the County minimum wage increase with that enacted by the State be delayed until July 1, 2016. Legislation introduced by Councilmember Craig Rice (Bill 59-14) late last year would have called for synchronizing the effective dates as early is this July. Doing so would increase personnel costs for all businesses earlier in the year than expected. The original legislation implemented the change on October 1. GSSCC and other business groups argued that employers have already set their budgets for the current year and increasing wages three months earlier, especially for those employers of seasonal workers, would be an undue burden. In response to these concerns, the HHS comittee has recommended amending the bill to move the effective dates to July of next year. Council will vote on the measure this Tuesday.