On July 1, 2018, employers must start withholding its Statewide Transit Tax (one-tenth of 1%) from the wages of Oregon residents (regardless of where the work is performed) and nonresidents who perform services in Oregon.
Oregon has released the following forms for employers regarding its new tax:
- Form OR-STT-1, Oregon Quarterly Statewide Transit Tax Withholding Return
- Form OR-STT-2, Statewide Transit Tax Employee Detail Report
- Form OR-STT-A, Oregon Annual Statewide Transit Tax Withholding Return
- Form OR-STT-V, Oregon Statewide Transit Tax Quarterly Payment Voucher and Instructions
Click here for additional forms and resources, including transit tax guides and calendars.
Oregon employers are responsible for withholding the tax from employees’ wages; reporting taxes withheld on a quarterly or annual return; remitting taxes withheld quarterly or annually; and reconciling quarterly or annual reports on the annual reconciliation return. Click here for specific details and deadlines.
As of today 7/18/2017 here are the most recent changes that have occurred:
- Missouri Workers Compensation Notice
- Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance
- California IWC Wage Orders in English and Spanish
- Nevada Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
- Oregon Minimum Wage
- Utah Workers Compensation Notice
- New Hampshire Legislative Protection Notice
- Virginia OSHA Notice
- USERRA updated logos and colors
- E-verify updated
- Colorado anti-discrimination Notice
- Delaware Industrial Affairs
- District of Columbia Minimum Wage
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New rules will help employers calculate wages when an employee works in multiple areas
PORTLAND, OR—The Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) has published new minimum wage rules in preparation for the July 2016 minimum wage increase, the agency announced today.
The rules will help employers calculate wages in circumstances such as a worker performing duties at a location other than the employer’s permanent location or working in multiple areas in the course of a work period.
The rules can be found here.
The rules reflect comments from a diverse group of Oregonians and an advisory group that included the
NW Grocery Associations, Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association, Oregon Farm Bureau, Oregon
Association of Nurseries, Association of Oregon Industries, Oregon Business Association, UFCW, PCUN,
AFL-CIO, Family Forward, SEIU, CAUSA and Oregon Center for Public Policy. In addition to holding a public hearing and convening multiple advisory meetings, the agency received more than 300 written comments about the proposed rules.
“I appreciate that both industry associations and minimum wage advocates stepped up to advise our agency’s rulemaking process,” said Labor Commissioner Avakian. “As Oregon raises its minimum wage for more than a hundred thousand workers next month, we hope that the rules will provide fairness to workers and employers alike.”
Passed by the 2016 Oregon Legislature, SB 1532 creates a series of annual minimum wage increases starting in July. After 2023, Oregon’s minimum wage rate will be indexed to inflation based on the
Consumer Price Index (CPI), a figure published by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics to track prices for a fixed “market basket” of goods.
The law creates a tiered wage floor based on three zones around the state: 1) inside the urban growth boundary of the Portland metro region, including Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties 2) certain “nonurban” counties listed here and 3) the rest of the state.
BOLI’s Technical Assistance for Employers Program will hold a series of seminars around the state to help employers navigate new sick time requirements, minimum wage rules and other new workplace laws.
NOTE: The agency has also developed one poster for the state that will satisfy employers’ posting requirements. As of June 16, 2016, All In One Poster Company will have this newly released notice included in our Labor Law Posters for Oregon.
Here is the actual table, with some explanation and footnotes showing the rundown of the plan:
|Effective Date of Rate Increase||Base Rate||Exception: Rate within Portland’s Urban Growth Boundary2||Exception: Rate within Nonurban Counties3|
|July 1, 2016||$9.75||$9.75||$9.50|
|July 1, 2017||$10.25||$11.25||$10.00|
|July 1, 2018||$10.75||$12.00||$10.50|
|July 1, 2019||$11.25||$12.50||$11.00|
|July 1, 2020||$12.00||$13.25||$11.50|
|July 1, 2021||$12.75||$14.00||$12.00|
|July 1, 2022||$13.50||$14.75||$12.50|
After June 30, 2023, the base rate will be adjusted for inflation, with the Portland rate set $1.25 above the base and the nonurban county rate set $1.00 below the base.
Employers should review their payroll practices and, as with any minimum wage increase, implement any required changes to comply with each of the upcoming rate adjustments starting later this year.
1 Some cities have recently raised the minimum wage higher than the projected rates established by Oregon’s new law.
2 An area encompassing the City of Portland and much of the greater tri-county area (Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties) that is managed and periodically expanded by Metro, the Portland area regional government.
3 Baker, Coos, Crook, Curry, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, and Wheeler counties.
New Law Establishes Tiered Rates Based on Geographical Location of Employers
The minimum wage in Oregon will rise over the next several years, according to the following schedules:
Base Minimum Wage
In general, employee wages cannot be computed at a rate lower than:
- From July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017, $9.75;
- From July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018, $10.25;
- From July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019, $10.75;
- From July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020, $11.25;
- From July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021, $12.00;
- From July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, $12.75;
- From July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023, $13.50; and
- After June 30, 2023, beginning on July 1 of each year, a rateadjusted annually for inflation.
Urban Growth Boundary of Portland
For employees working within the urban growth boundary of ametropolitan service district, wages generally cannot be computed at a rate lower than:
- From July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017, $9.75;
- From July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018, $11.25;
- From July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019, $12.00;
- From July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020, $12.50;
- From July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021, $13.25;
- From July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, $14.00;
- From July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023, $14.75; and
- After June 30, 2023, such employees must be paid no less than $1.25 per hour more than the base minimum wage as adjusted for inflation (above).
Note: The Labor Commissioner is expected to adopt rules for determining an employer’s location as an urban growth boundary.
For employees working within a nonurban county (as described in section 2 of the law), wages generally cannot be computed at a rate lower than:
- From July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017, $9.50;
- From July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018, $10.00;
- From July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019, $10.50;
- From July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020, $11.00;
- From July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021, $11.50;
- From July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, $12.00;
- From July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023, $12.50; and
- After June 30, 2023, such employers must pay an employee no less than $1 per hour less than the base minimum wage.
Updated posters reflecting the new rates are not yet available. Click hereto read the text of the law.
HR360 Editorial Team http://www.hr360.com
Oregon lawmakers have set the state on course for a higher minimum wage.
On Thursday, the state’s House of Representatives voted 32-26 to raise the wage, which currently sits at $9.25 per hour.
While the bill will increase the minimum wage across the state, the extra cash workers will receive depends on where they are.
For instance, the Portland metropolitan area will begin with a minimum of $9.75 that will rise to $14.75 by 2022.
Jackson, Josephine, Deschutes, Wasco and Hood River counties, as well as the Willamette Valley Northwest Oregon, will start at the same rate as Portland but increase to $13.50 by 2022.
Workers in rural counties will get a minimum of $9.50 in July, going up to $12.50 by 2022.
The bill now goes to Gov. Kate Brown, who has been pushing for a minimum wage increase. She said in a statement she intended to sign the new legislation.
Activists have been pushing for minimum wages nationwide to be raised to $15.
Following the examples set by San Francisco and Seattle, 14 cities, counties and state governments have approved a hike to $15, according to the National Employment Law Project.
In most places, the increase to $15 is being phased in over a few years to give businesses some time to adjust.
CNNMoney (New York)
First published February 19, 2016: 12:33 AM ET
PORTLAND (Reuters) – Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed legislation on Monday
mandating paid sick leave for nearly all workers and establishing a first-of-its kind state-run retirement program for private sector employees.
Brown said the four bills, dubbed the “Fair Shot” agenda, will help working, low-income families by ensuring a living wage, retirement security and protection against racial profiling by police.
“Our work is not done. There are still people with full-time jobs who are unable to make ends meet,” Brown said in a statement. “We must carry on the fight to ensure all Oregonians have the opportunity to earn a living wage.”
The measures, passed by the state’s majority-Democrat legislature, were backed by a coalition of unions, social service groups, health care non-profits and minority-advocacy groups.
With the passage of the bills, Oregon became the first state in the nation to automatically enroll residents in a defined-contribution plan if they are hired by an employer that does not already offer retirement benefits, according to the task force that designed the measure.
Workers will have the right to opt out of the plan.
The package of bills also made Oregon the fourth state to require all businesses, with limited exceptions, to provide paid sick leave to their workers, after Connecticut, California and Massachusetts.
The law applies to all private-sector employers, regardless of their primary place of business, and allows workers to accrue up to 40 hours of sick leave annually.
Republicans decried the new bills, saying the measures will hurt small business owners and do nothing to create jobs.
In a statement, Republicans said the new sick-leave mandate will cost businesses $914 million, while the new retirement program for private-sector workers created an “expensive government mandate on Oregonians while doing nothing to increase incomes across the state”.
The two other “Fair Shot” laws signed by Brown on Monday prohibit employers from asking job candidates about criminal records before the interview stage and outlaws racial, ethnic and religious profiling by police.
By Courtney Sherwood
(Editing by Victoria Cavaliere and Miral Fahmy)