Minimum Wages

ORS 653.017
Local minimum wage requirements

  • preemption
  • exceptions


As used in this section:


“Local government” includes a county, city, district or other public corporation, authority or entity organized and existing under statute or city or county charter.


“Public employer” means a political subdivision of the State of Oregon, including counties, cities, districts, as defined in ORS 198.010 (“District” defined for chapter) and 198.180 (“District” defined for ORS 198.190), and public and quasi-public corporations.


Except as provided in subsection (3) of this section, the State of Oregon preempts all charter and statutory authority of local governments to set any minimum wage requirements.


A local government may set minimum wage requirements:


For public employers;


In specifications for public contracts entered into by the local government; and


As a condition of the local government providing direct tax abatements or subsidies for private employers with 10 or more employees. [2001 c.967 §1]
Note: 653.017 (Local minimum wage requirements) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 653 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.
§§ 653.010 to 653.261

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Jurisdiction of Wage and Hour Commission, (1974) Vol 37, p 163

§§ 653.010 to 653.256

Notes of Decisions

Person is employee for purposes of minimum wage law if suffered or permitted to work. State ex rel Roberts v. Bomareto Ent., Inc., 153 Or App 183, 956 P2d 254 (1998), Sup Ct review denied

§§ 653.010 to 653.065

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Commission authority to prescribe rest periods for excluded employes, (1972) Vol 35, p 1112

Chapter 653

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Wage and Hour Commission jurisdiction to regulate governmental entity's employment of minors, (1979) Vol 39, p 489


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Jun. 26, 2021