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Oregon Updates Minimum Wage - We make compliance simple

Effective July 1, 2022 the OR minimum wage increases to;

  1. $14.75/hour inside Portland Metro area. Within the urban growth boundary, including parts of Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties;

  2. $13.50/hour in standard counties Benton, Clat

sop, Columbia, Deschutes, Hood River, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, Tillamook, Wasco, Yamhill, and parts of Clackamas, Multnomah, & Washington outside the urban growth boundary.

  1. $12.50/hour in nonurban counties Baker, Coos, Crook, Curry, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, and Wheeler Counties.

Why You Should Pay Attention:

  1. Risk losing your tenured employees. Each time the minimum wage increases and you do not adjust your employees who make more than minimum wage a wage compression occurs. This means that your skilled staff who make more than minimum wage, their wages not keeping up with cost of living and this may encourage them to look for other employment opportunities. Please conduct a wage survey and we recommend implementing a compensation strategy that includes a wage range and scale that you can build into your budget.

  2. Let's say you choose not to adjust your current employee's wages and someone leaves your employ. You will likely have to hire someone into the job at a higher rate, train them, and hope they stay with you. What if the employee talks about wages to others in a similar job and they make less? Now you have a potential employee morale issue and Pay Equity Law violation and possible discrimination claim.

  3. Minimum wage is adjusted annually based on the increase, if any, to the US City average Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (Source. BOLI Min. Wage, Retrieved from

  4. The Portland Metro area will increase $1.25 over the standard minimum wage and nonurban counties will adjust to $1 less than the standard minimum wage.

  5. GHR has partnered with a large company to purchase bulk subscriptions of the required posters for Federal, State and Local labor compliance posters.

  6. We monitor who has not reviewed the posters and will alert them they need to review them. You don't have to worry about any compliance violations or following up with your employees. Rest assured you will always be compliant including your remote workers. Cost is $21.95 per month for up to 19 employees. That equates to $1.16 per employee per month compared to the common $9.95 per employee per month. It's easy to see why it makes sense to... Sign up today.

We are glad to conduct a salary analysis or help you with any other business or HR and Risk Mgt. questions.


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