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Montgomery County, Maryland Approves $15 Minimum Wage Law

By Kelsey Basten

Published on November 21, 2017

Maryland’s Montgomery County Council approved Bill 28-17 Nov. 7, 2017, increasing the minimum wage rate from $11.50 to $15 an hour. County Executive Isiah Leggett signed the bill into law Nov. 13, 2017.

The Montgomery County minimum wage increases year to year in a phased-in process:

Date Employers With 51 or More Employees Employers With 11 to 50 Employees Employers With 10 or Fewer Employees
July 1, 2018 $12.25 $12.00 $12.00
July 1, 2019 $13.00 $12.50 $12.50
July 1, 2020 $14.00 $13.25 $13.00
July 1, 2021 $15.00 $14.00 $13.50
July 1, 2022 $14.50 $14.00
July 1, 2023 $15.00 $14.50
July 1, 2024 $15.00

The law also includes an opportunity wage, which allows employers to pay a wage equal to 85% of the county minimum wage to an employee under age 20 for the first six months he/she is employed.

Finally, beginning July 1, 2022, the $15 minimum wage will be subject to annual adjustments for inflation.

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