City of San Mateo Adopts Higher Minimum Wage

Aug 22 2016 - Minimum Wage - Gail Cecchettini Whaley

San Mateo Minimum Wage

The city of San Mateo raises the local minimum wage beginning January 1, 2017.

Last week, the City of San Mateo adopted a minimum wage ordinance which requires annual increases beginning January 1, 2017. Local minimum wage ordinances are part of a growing statewide trend.

San Mateo’s adopted minimum wage schedule is:

Year Rate
January 1, 2017 $12.00
January 1, 2018 $13.50
January 1, 2019 $15.00
January 1, 2020 $15.00,  plus increase tied to Consumer Price Index (CPI)

Beginning January 1, 2020 and every year thereafter, the minimum wage will increase based on any increase to the CPI for San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose. A decrease in CPI will not result in a decrease in the minimum wage

There is a different minimum wage rate for 501(c)(3) nonprofits.

San Mateo’s $12/hour increase is higher than the scheduled state increase to $10.50/hour slated for January 1, 2017. (Under the state law, employers with 25 or fewer employees don’t begin scheduled increases until 2018.)

If you have employees doing business in San Mateo, you will have to pay the higher minimum wage rate for time worked in the city’s geographic boundaries.

Posting and Enforcement

San Mateo’s ordinance includes a required minimum wage poster and notice. The city may also issue regulations to implement and enforce the ordinance.

You can stay informed of updates by visiting San Mateo’s dedicated Minimum Wage Ordinance website.

Gail Cecchettini Whaley, CalChamber Employment Law Counsel/Content

HR California members can find more information on Local Minimum Wage Ordinances and Paid Sick Leave Ordinances in the HR Library.  Not a member, download CalChamber’s free white paper, California’s Minimum Wage Hike Brings Many Changes.

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