BOLI overreach on minimum wage rules – Comment period now open!

By: Associated Oregon Industries

Last week, the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) released draft rules to implement SB 1532 (increased minimum wage) passed in February 2016. The Associated Oregon Industries (AOI) needs your help to make sure the voice of business is represented during the public comment period.

BOLI’s draft rules are a significant overreach. Even though legislators confirmed that an employers’ location is determined based on where the employee reports to work, the draft rules ignore legislative intent. Instead, BOLI proposes a confusing regulatory system – requiring employers to track the amount of time EACH employee spends in higher wage tiers and pay different wages based on where employees temporarily work.

The draft rules:

  • Establish an arbitrary threshold of 4 hours per week to trigger a higher wage and burdensome paperwork requirements;
  • Mandate that businesses track and report multiple wages on employees’ pay stubs; and
  • Require extensive paperwork documenting a worker’s location unless business pays worker at the highest tier rate for all work (even if most work is done in lower tier).

AOI asks that you provide comments to BOLI and urge that the agency align the definition of “employer location” with Family Medical Leave Act rule definitions, and especially with legislative intent. Written comments are due by Monday, May 23, 2016 at 5 p.m., and may be emailed to Paloma Sparks at: paloma.sparks@state.or.us.

Please send copies of all written comments to: betsyearls@aoi.org.

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