An Act To Balance Maine's Minimum Wage for Small and Large Employers
Sec. 1. 26 MRSA §664, sub-§1, as amended by IB 2015, c. 2, §1, is repealed and the following enacted in its place:
(1) Starting January 1, 2019, the minimum hourly wage is $11.00 per hour; and
(2) Starting January 1, 2021, the minimum hourly wage is $12.00 per hour.
Sec. 2. 26 MRSA §664, sub-§1-A is enacted to read:
Sec. 3. Effective date. This Act takes effect October 1, 2019.
This bill establishes a minimum hourly wage for small employers that is less than the minimum hourly wage for large employers. Beginning October 1, 2019, for an employer with fewer than 50 full-time employees in Maine, the minimum hourly wage is established at $10; the minimum hourly wage for an employer of at least 50 full-time employees in Maine remains at $11 until January 1, 2021, when it increases to $12. This bill also delays the indexing of the minimum hourly wage for cost-of-living adjustments by one year until 2022.