Oklahoma Legislatures reviewing bills to increase minimum wage, mandate sick leave, and stop statewide preemption of sick leave laws.
Lawmakers in the State of Oklahoma are considering three separate bills that would impact minimum wage and sick leave laws for Oklahoma employers. The bills are aimed at increasing the statewide minimum wage from the Federal wage of $7.25 an hour to over $10 an hour and in repealing the preemptive sick leave and minimum wage law of 2014.
HB 1477 Labor Min Wage Act
The Labor, Oklahoma Minimum Wage Act wants to increases minimum wage across the state to 10.50 an hour. If passed the law would become effective on January 1, 2018. The law is aimed at correcting working conditions, in other words wages, “detrimental to their (workers) health or morals.” Currently HB 1477 is dormant in the House.
HB 1940 Oklahoma Minimum Wage
The Act to amend the Oklahoma Minimum Wage Act act would increase minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. The law also seeks to raise wages and makes it “unlawful to employ workers in any industry. . . under conditions of labor detrimental to their health or morals.” Like HB 1477, HB 1940 would also take effect on January 1, 2018.
Both acts were read in the House in February, but have not yet progressed farther.
HB 1310 and HB 1536 Mandatory Paid Sick Leave
HB 1310 would require employers to provide 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. HB 1536 would provide paid sick leave at the rate of 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked. Both bills were introduced in February 2017, but have since become dormant.
HB 1634 Repealing Preemption on Minimum Wage and Sick Leave Ordinances
HB 1634 would make void SB 1023, Oklahoma’s preemptive sick leave and minimum wage law. The law would take effect on November 1, 2017. Should HB 1634 pass, it would likely lead to an increased minimum wage across cities in Oklahoma. Before the passing of SB 1023 in 2014, Oklahoma was on its way to passing an increased minimum wage and other cities were reviewing their options.
Since 2014, the passing of local sick leave ordinances have become very popular would likely come to Oklahoma’s cities and municipalities.
Employers should stay tuned to Swipeclock.com/blog through the rest of the 2017-2018 legislative session to monitor these bills and the potential impact for employers and businesses in Oklahoma.
Written by Annemaria Duran. Last updated May 15, 2017