The Supreme Judicial Court in the state of Maine has unanimously approved a voter-initiated law that requires employers in Portland, the state’s largest city, to pay employees hazard wages equal to time and a half for any work performed during a declared state of emergency within the city. Disputes arose immediately after 62% of Portland voters approved the initiative last November as supporters contended that the ordinance became effective 30 days after the election to impose hazard pay during the COVID-19 pandemic, while Portland officials announced it would not be effective until January 1, 2022. Business interests filed their own legal challenges to the validity of the ordinance but also agreed with Portland that if the ordinance were to be declared valid it would not be effective until January, 2022. The language of the law is such that the hazard pay provision would kick in when any state of emergency, including snow or other weather emergencies, is declared by the city. The Portland minimum wage is currently $12.15 per hour, although it is slated to increase incrementally to $15/hour by 2024.