Local Minimum Wage

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The State of California enacted a minimum wage that will reach $15 per hour for all employees by January 1, 2023. The City Council approved a new local minimum wage ordinance to help assist low wage earners with the high cost of living in the City of South San Francisco. The City’s approach seeks to move quicker than the State’s minimum wage, reaching $15 by 2020, after gaining extensive input from local businesses over the last year.

On January 1, 2020, the local minimum wage of $15.00 per hour goes into effect in the City of South San Francisco. After 2020, South San Francisco’s local minimum wage will adjust with the Consumer Price Index. This new law applies to all businesses within the geographic boundaries of South San Francisco and any employee working at least two or more hours per week.

 

Local Minimum Wage Implementation Timeline

Effective Date

 Local Minimum Wage

 January 1, 2020

 $15.00
 January 1, 2021

 $15.00 + 2020 CPI

 

Wage Violations

The City of South San Francisco may take any enforcement action set forth in Chapter 1.24 of the Municipal Code to address violations. An employee may also bring an action against the employer in court to enforce the Minimum Wage Ordinance seeking remedies such as back pay, reinstatement, injunctive relief, or civil penalties. In addition, to back wages unlawfully withheld payment of an additional civil penalty in the amount of $50 to each employee per day in violation.

To report a suspected violation, you must submit a complaint in writing to the City. Any complaints received by the City are considered confidential to the maximum extent permitted by law; this includes the name or any other identifying information of the employee or person reporting the violation.

What Employers Need to Know 

Starting January 1, 2020, all businesses operating within the geographic boundaries of the City of South San Francisco will be required to pay a minimum wage of $15.00 per hour for all employees working two or more hours per week.

Each year the City will publish by November 1, a poster announcing the adjusted Minimum Wage rate, which will take effect January 1, every year. It is the employer’s responsibility to post the notice in a visible place for employees to review the current rate and understand their rights.

It is unlawful for an employer or any other party to discriminate in any manner or take adverse action against any person in retaliation for exercising their rights.

The City is responsible for conducting all investigations of any possible violations by an employer or other person. The City has the authority to inspect workplaces, interview people, and request the City Attorney to subpoena books, papers, records, or other items relevant to the enforcement of the minimum wage.

For more information on details pertaining to employer obligations, please visit the FAQ page.

What Employees Need to Know

Starting January 1, 2020, all businesses operating within the geographic boundaries of the City of South San Francisco will be required to pay a minimum wage of $15.00 per hour for all employees working two or more hours per week.

As an employee, the City’s ordinance outlines your rights under the new law, including, but not limited to:

The right to file a complaint and inform the City about any business not complying with the City’s local minimum wage regulations

The right to inform any employee of their potential rights and assist them reporting a business not complying with the City’s local minimum wage regulations

To report a suspected violation, you must submit a complaint in writing to the City. Any complaints received by the City are considered confidential to the maximum extent permitted by law; this includes the name or any other identifying information of the employee or person reporting the violation.

For more information about employee rights with regards to the City’s local minimum wage ordinance, please visit the FAQ page.

Documents

  • Letter to Businesses: English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog

 

If you have questions, or need additional information, please contact the City Manager’s Office at:

City of South San Francisco

City Manager’s Office

400 Grand Avenue

South San Francisco, CA 94080

(650) 829-6616

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