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Higher wages in Oregon don’t always mean increases for workers

On Behalf of | Aug 1, 2022 | Employment Law

Just like many places around the United States, Oregon has passed laws mandating wage increases that affect numerous businesses. However, that does not necessarily mean that the workers are seeing more money reflected in their paychecks.

The latest wage increase in Oregon was effective on July 1, 2022. In 2016, a three-tiered minimum wage bill came into effect. That means that the new hourly rate is not the same for everyone in the state. However, the amount of the increase is the same. For example, if the minimum wage was $13.50 in one business, the amount will be increased by 75 cents but if the amount was $14.50, the hourly wage will also be increased by 75 cents. In other parts of the state, the increase is even less.

Workers don’t always get paid what they deserve

Starting next year, future wage increases will be connected to inflation and the increases will be different for workers in rural and urban areas.

The wages that workers earn in Oregon are among the highest in the country but the idea that some workers in the state are paid more than other workers is disconcerting and just doesn’t seem fair. Another aspect of this is regarding overtime. Some workers can earn overtime pay and others are exempt from that benefit.

Getting solid advice from a knowledgeable employment attorney

If you are a worker in Oregon and you feel that you are being taken advantage of, you may wish to seek the advice of an Oregon employment attorney, who can advise you on what to do and how to achieve the best possible outcome in your case. It is important that you are able to earn a decent living and that you get paid what you deserve and what was agreed upon between you and your employer from the start.