Bill that delays minimum wage increase signed into law

Senator James Moylan (PNC file photo)

Bill-24-36, which delays the implementation of a $9.25 minimum wage by six months, has been signed into law by Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero.

Sen. James Moylan, the author of the legislation, thanked the governor for enacting Bill
24-36 into Public Law 36-1.

“This legislation was not an issue I was excited about introducing, nor was it something I had campaigned on, but it is a much-needed measure at this critical time as our island faces a tough road towards economic recovery,” Moylan said in a statement.

He added: “I supported the public law which proposed the two-tier increments back in 2019, but just as many businesses have had to and continue to endure, tough decisions must be made.”

P.L. 36-1 delays a government-mandated expense by another six months. As many
island businesses start opening their doors, Moylan said it is vital that GovGuam promote policies that would allow them to bring their employees back to work.

“This measure would provide businesses the opportunity and some additional time to regroup their operational expenditures, pay down obligations, acclimate to a new normal, and for many, recoup their losses from 2020. Plus, nothing in this public law prevents an entity that can provide increments for entry-level wage earners from proceeding to do so today,” the senator said.