Montgomery Co. set to increase minimum wage July 1

MONTGOMERY, CO — Montgomery County, will be increasing the minimum wage effective July 1. The size of the increase will be determined by the number of employees a specific business may have. The new law states that County businesses with 51 or more employees must pay workers $12.25 per hour. Employers with 50 or less workers will be required to pay employees $12 hourly.

Effective date  Large employer  Mid-sized employer  Small employer 
July 1, 2018 $12.25 $12 $12
July 1, 2019 $13 $12.50 $12.50
July 1, 2020 $14 $13.25 $13
July 1, 2021 $15 $14 $13.50
July 1, 2022 $15+ CPI-W $14.50 $14

“It is essential for all employers to ensure workers are paid the legal minimum wage,” said Montgomery County Office of Human Rights Director James Stowe. “We are pleased to work with chambers of commerce, Montgomery County Business Portal and the Maryland Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR)website to inform and educate area employers to ensure full compliance.”

An employer who provides “home health services” or “home or community-based services” and receives at least 75 percent of gross revenues through state and federal Medicaid programs, may apply to the Office of Human Rights for designation as an eligible services provider subject to an adjusted implementation schedule.

The minimum wage does not apply to any employee younger than the age of 19, who work fewer than 20 hours per week. However, an employer may pay a wage equal to 85 percent to employees under the age of 20 years for the first six months that the employee is employed.