Minimum Wage

The following information describes the City of Portland’s interpretation and implementation of five referenda approved by voters on the November 2020 ballot. Please consult an attorney for legal advice or clarification.

Minimum Wage Ordinance

The Minimum Wage Ordinance will increase the minimum wage in Portland to $15.00 an hour over three years, beginning January 1, 2022. Additionally, the Ordinance requires that employees be paid 1.5 times the minimum wage rate for work performed during an emergency declared by the state or City if that emergency applies to the employee’s geographical workplace. Per the language of the Ordinance, this time-and-a-half rate does not apply until January 1, 2022, when the City has a new minimum wage.

Per the language of the amendment, staff plan to enforce the new minimum wage ordinance beginning January 1, 2022, when its terms take effect.

Effective January 1, 2021, employers in Portland are required to pay hourly employees the State of Maine minimum wage of $12.15 per hour.  A direct wage of $6.08 per hour must be paid to tipped workers. For more information, please consult the Maine Department of Labor.

This Frequently Asked Question List only provides general information/answers and should not be viewed as legal advice. Please consult a lawyer to discuss City or State ordinances further and to obtain any required legal advice.

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