City of Belmont Adopts New Minimum Wage Ordinance

Dec 5 2017 - Local Ordinances - Virginia Young

Employers will not have to start paying the Belmont minimum wage until July 1, 2018.

Employers will not have to start paying the Belmont minimum wage until July 1, 2018.

The City of Belmont has joined the ever-expanding list of California municipalities with local minimum wage ordinances. Acknowledging the high cost of living on the San Francisco Peninsula, the City Council adopted the Belmont Minimum Wage Ordinance (MWO) at its November 28 meeting. The ordinance is effective December 28, 2017; however, employers will not have to start paying the Belmont minimum wage until July 1, 2018.

The Belmont MWO will apply to all employers with employees working in Belmont. Beginning July 1, 2018, employees working two hours or more in a calendar week in Belmont must earn at least $12.50 per hour. The Belmont minimum wage is scheduled to increase again on January 1, 2019, to $13.50 per hour; on January 1, 2020, to $15 per hour; and on January 1, 2021, to $15.90 per hour. Beginning January 1, 2022, increases will be based on the Consumer Price Index.

Belmont’s scheduled rates are higher than California’s scheduled minimum wage rates. The Belmont MWO does not have lower rates or deferred increases for small employers or non-profits.

Of course, employers will have required employee notices, including a workplace poster. Employers will also have to keep records for three years.

What Should Employers Do? 

Employers with employees working in Belmont should make sure to be prepared for the Belmont MWO, including obtaining required posters. Employers who violate the Belmont MWO face administrative citations, including penalties.

Virginia Young, Employment Law Counsel

Confused by all the different city and county minimum wage ordinances? Cal Chamber members can use the Local Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Ordinances chart in the HR Library. Not a member? See how CalChamber can help you.

CalChamber also sells California City and County Labor Law posters in the CalChamber store.

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