Bill Text: TX HB255 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to adjusting the minimum wage annually based on the consumer price index.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-02-25 - Referred to International Relations & Economic Development [HB255 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-HB255-Introduced.html
  87R1566 JSC-D
 
  By: Meza H.B. No. 255
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to adjusting the minimum wage annually based on the
  consumer price index.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 62.051, Labor Code, is amended to read as
  follows:
         Sec. 62.051.  ADJUSTED MINIMUM WAGE. (a) In this section:
               (1)  "Adjusted minimum wage" means the federal minimum
  wage under Section 6, Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C.
  Section 206), as adjusted under Subsection (c).
               (2)  "Consumer price index" means the Consumer Price
  Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W),
  published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States
  Department of Labor.
         (b)  Except as provided by Subsection (d) [Section 62.057],
  an employer shall pay to each employee the adjusted [federal]
  minimum wage [under Section 6, Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29
  U.S.C. Section 206)].
         (c)  On December 1 of each year, the comptroller shall
  determine the adjusted minimum wage to be paid under Subsection (b)
  for the next calendar year by increasing the adjusted minimum wage
  for that calendar year by the percentage increase, if any, in the
  consumer price index for the 12 months preceding that date. The
  comptroller shall compute the adjusted minimum wage to the nearest
  cent.
         (d)  This section does not apply to compensation paid to a
  person under Section 62.057.
         (e)  A reference in this code or another law to the minimum
  wage established by state law means the adjusted minimum wage.
         SECTION 2.  Section 62.151, Labor Code, is repealed.
         SECTION 3.  (a)  On November 1, 2021, the comptroller of
  public accounts shall set the adjusted minimum wage for purposes of
  Section 62.051, Labor Code, as amended by this Act, at an amount
  equal to the amount of the federal minimum wage under Section 6,
  Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. Section 206), in effect
  on that date.
         (b)  On December 1, 2021, the comptroller of public accounts
  shall determine the first increase in the adjusted minimum wage, if
  any, as required by Section 62.051(c), Labor Code, as added by this
  Act.
         SECTION 4.  (a) Except as provided by Subsections (b) and
  (c) of this section, this Act takes effect September 1, 2021.
         (b)  Section 62.051(b), Labor Code, as added by this Act,
  takes effect January 1, 2022.
         (c)  Section 2 of this Act takes effect January 1, 2022.
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