Starting today, Bernalillo County’s new minimum wage will take effect. Employees currently making $7.50 per hour will get a 50-cent per hour increase. They will also get another similar increase on January 1, 2014. That will boost the minimum wage to $8.50 per hour.
The measure was sponsored by District 2 Commissioner Art De La Cruz. De La Cruz says county residents should be appropriately compensated for their skills and abilities and that he is committed to boosting the local economy and creating jobs.
The new ordinance will apply to about 1,900 businesses and thousands of workers in the unincorporated areas of Bernalillo County – areas that are located outside Albuquerque’s city limits.
“This ordinance also makes the wages consistent with what voters in the City of Albuquerque approved by an overwhelming margin last year,” Commissioner De La Cruz says.
Employers will be required to post a notice published each year by the county Zoning, Building, and Planning Office informing employees of the current minimum wage rates and their rights under this ordinance.
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