Oregon Minimum Wage

 

Definition of minimum wage.
The Oregon Minimum wage is the lowest hourly rate that a non-exempt employee may be paid by their employer.  Oregon’s wage and hour laws charge the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries with the duty of setting the exact amount of Oregon’s minimum wage each year. BOLI Website

What is the Oregon minimum wage rate?
Oregon minimum wage rate varies by the year in which the hours were worked. The chart below sets out the Oregon Minimum wage rate by year it must be paid.

Oregon Minimum Wage Rate By Year
Date     Oregon Minimum Wage      Date     Oregon Minimum Wage
2003     $6.90                                   2004     $7.05
2004     $7.05                                   2005     $7.25
2006     $7.50                                   2007     $7.80
2008     $7.95                                   2009     $8.40
2010     $8.40                                   2011     $8.50
2012     $8.80                                   2013     $8.95
2014    $9.10

What if my employer pays me less than the minimum wage rate?
You have an Oregon minimum wage claim for the amount of unpaid minimum wages, and for an Oregon minimum wage civil penalty. The Oregon minimum wage civil penalty is equal to eight hours of wages for each day your employer is late paying your minimum wages. (The minimum wage penalty is limited to 30 days). For example: The Oregon minimum wage rate in 2014 is $9.10 per hour. The maximum minimum wage penalty for this time period was $2,184.00. ($9.10 * 8 * 30 = $2,184).

My Oregon boss didn’t pay me on time, what can I do?
Under Oregon wage and hour law, all your wages are due on payday. If your Oregon boss didn’t pay all wages on time, payday, you could have an Oregon unpaid wages claim and an Oregon minimum wage claim. Because all your wages, including the required Oregon minimum wages, were due on payday, you could have both claims. The Oregon minimum wage claim includes an the potential to receive an Oregon minimum wage civil penalty. The Oregon minimum wage civil penalty is equal to eight hours of wages for each day your employer is late paying your minimum wages. (The minimum wage penalty is limited to 30 days). For example: The Oregon minimum wage rate in 2014 is $9.10 per hour. The maximum minimum wage penalty for this time period was $2,184.00. ($9.10 * 8 * 30 = $2,184).

In addition to the Oregon minimum wage claim, if your employment has ended, you may be entitled to an Oregon Late Pay Wage Claim. . This could entitle you to penalty wages in addition the the minimum wages earned and the minimum wage civil penalty where all minimum wages were not paid timely upon termination. The late pay penalty wages are calculated the same as the Oregon minimum wage penalty. Thus, an employee’s late pay penalty wages also cap at $2,184.00. If you were due a rate greater than minimum wage, but had a minimum wage claim because little or no wages were paid, your penalty could be greater. The formula is (hourly rate * 8 hours per day * 30 days maximum). So at $9.10.00 per hour, the maximum penalty would be $2,184.00.

Wage Claim Attorneys.
The Oregon wage claim attorneys (lawyers) at Schuck Law, LLC focus their law practice on Oregon wage claim lawsuits.  Our Oregon wage claim attorneys(lawyers) regularly prosecute Oregon minimum wage claim lawsuits for employees who were not paid all their minimum wages. In addition to the claims for damages outlined above, an employee may also sue to recover their costs, disbursements, and attorney fees incurred in prosecution of the minimum wage claim lawsuit. This allows the Oregon wage claim attorneys at Schuck Law, LLC to take most minimum wage claim lawsuits on a contingency fee basis. This means, with minor exceptions that are within your control, that our Oregon wage claim attorneys only get paid their attorney fees if they recover wages for you.

The Oregon wage claim attorneys (lawyers) at Schuck Law, LLC prosecute Oregon minimum wage claims throughout Oregon, including but not limited to, Portland, Astoria, Beaverton, Portland, Bend, Clackamas, Coos Bay, Portland, Grants Pass, Hillsboro, Portland, Hood River, Klamath Falls, Portland, Lincoln City, Madras, Portland, McMinnville, Medford, Portland, Sandy, St. Helens, Portland, and Tillamook.

GoogleBy David Schuck