Maryland’s Montgomery County Council unanimously passed an ordinance this week that will increase the county minimum to $15 per hour by 2021. Under the provisions of the new law, the current wage minimum of $11.50 an hour will increase at different stages and in different increments every year beginning next  July depending on the number of employees within a company. Businesses with more than 50 employees must comply by 2021, while those with between 11 and 50 employees have until 2023 and by 2024, even businesses with 10 or fewer employees will be required to pay $15 an hour. Beginning in 2022, the compromise ordinance provides for an annual adjustment for inflation. Montgomery County, Maryland’s largest and wealthiest is a beachhead for $15 per hour advocates, being the first locale in Maryland to pass it.