In Nebraska, the ballot proposal calls for regular minimum wage increases until it hits the $15 mark in 2026.
Currently, minimum wage in Nebraska is $9. If approved, it would follow a fairly aggressive increase schedule on Jan. 1 each year:
2023 – $10.50
2024 – $12
2025 – $13.50
2026 – $15
After that point, Nebraska’s minimum wage would be annually adjusted base on the applicable Consumer Price Index.
Nevada voters will also weigh in on a minimum wage increase, but there are other factors in addition to a new rate.
The bill, if passed, would create a statewide $12 minimum wage beginning July 1, 2024. But it would also eliminate the separate minimum wages Nevada currently has depending on whether an employer offers health benefits.
As a reminder, effective July 1, 2022, Nevada’s rates are:
$9.50 for employees who are offered health benefits
$10.50 for employees who are not offered health benefits
In Portland, Maine, the minimum wage ballot initiative would supplant its current increase schedule with one that would eventually bring the rate to $18.
The ordinance would require certain employers in Tukwila to pay the same minimum wage of neighboring SeaTac, Wash., which has one of the nation’s highest rates for hospitality and transportation workers.
If passed, the new ordinance would also require employers to offer additional work hours to existing employees before hiring new workers or subcontractors.
Also, a few jurisdictions in Illinois are considering whether to become, or cease to be, a “home rule unit,” which could have ramifications regarding minimum wage and paid leave opt-ins or -outs in Cook County.
Lastly, recreational marijuana is on the ballot in several states, including:
If that weren’t enough, Colorado will also decide on the decriminalization of psychedelic plants and fungi.
Employers are likely already looking ahead to all the 2023 minimum wage updates.
And with these minimum wage ballot measures in 2022, there could be additional changes ahead.
This Employment Law News blog is intended for market awareness only, it is not to be used for legal advice or counsel.
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