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UMMS to implement $15 per hour minimum wage

The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) announced Friday it will begin paying a new minimum wage of $15 per hour, giving a raise to about 1,500 employees, or 5% of the system’s workforce.

The system’s minimum wage increase is effective with the pay period that begins Sunday and is applicable for all full- and part-time team members who are not represented by a union. Team members making below $15 per hour will now be paid the greater of $15 per hour, or a 2% increase in their wages. This move comes more than three years ahead of when Maryland plans to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour.

The increase in minimum wage is part of a commitment made by UMMS over the past 18 months to support and investment in its workforce, including waiving paid time off (PTO) maximum accruals during the COVID-19 pandemic response, offering PTO buyback programs, and implementing new premium pay and incentive programs.

UMMS will also ask outside partners moving forward to seek out contractors and vendors who share this commitment.

The University of Maryland Faculty Physicians Inc. (FPI), the clinical practices of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a campus partner with UMMS, had already raised its minimum wage for all employees to $15 per hour in July. This change was made in collaboration with the University of Maryland Medical System and many other local health care institutions.