Some businesses owners say this affects their side of the bargain.
This is something business owners here in Oregon see every year, but they say they never know how much it’s going to be, and each year minimum wage goes up, they have to find new ways to compensate.
Smaller businesses say it doesn’t end up affecting them too much because they have a smaller number of employees, but for restaurants or local chains, that 15 cents an hour can really add up.
They find the mandated wage increase means either raising merchandise prices or cutting employee hours, which means those minimum-wage workers don’t end up making any more money.
“We just try to figure out where we can cut hours, where we don’t need people. We try to reduce our prep time in the morning, so the staff comes in a bit later. We try and close earlier,” said Dairy Queen restaurant owner Chris Bothman.
A lot of business owners pay long-time employees more per hour than beginners, which means when minimum wage goes up, they have to raise everyone’s pay, not just those on the bottom tier.
The wage increase will go into effect in January, which gives business owners just fewer than three months to figure out how they’re going to afford the hike.