Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday signed a landmark minimum-wage law that makes the state the first in the nation to mandate higher pay in cities than rural areas.
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Paul Sonn, general counsel at the National Employment Law Project, an advocacy group that supports minimum-wage increases, said Oregon’s tiered approach raises some concerns.
“It is a very significant raise for lots of families, but, that said, we are concerned about the tiered approach because it is creating these different classes of wages,” he said. “It could open up huge enforcement loopholes.”
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