SB 5384 establishes a minimum wage that would allow employees to support themselves and their families with dignity. The legislature seeks to establish a minimum wage that enables employees to provide for the basic needs of their families, and, therefore, not rely on social services provided by the state and paid for by state taxpayers.
Further, the bill directs employers, by given dates, to pay their employees (18 years of age and older) at a rate not less than that established by the Dept. of Labor and Industries, which will calculate an adjusted minimum wage rate by increasing the current year's wage rate by the rate of inflation.
If passed by the legislature, the Act would need to be sent to a vote of the people at the next general election for their adoption and ratification, or rejection.