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Proposal to Update Minimum Wage Ordinance

Community Outreach Meetings & Survey

The City of Santa Clara is seeking feedback from the community for City Council's proposed update to the City's minimum wage ordinance in order to be consistent with neighboring cities and to reach $15 per hour by 2019.

Santa Clara's current local minimum wage went into effect on January 1, 2016, with an initial hourly rate of $11.00 per hour and was increased on January 1, 2017 to $11.10. California has increased its minimum wage to reach $15 per hour by 2022 and seven of 15 cities in Santa Clara County have adopted minimum wage increases to reach at least $15 per hour by 2019.

To provide feedback on this proposal join us at one of our community meetings hosted to share regional data and solicit input from the Santa Clara community, or complete the survey at http://santaclaraca.gov/government/open-city-hall.

  1. Thursday, May 25, 2017, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, Santa Clara City Hall - Council Chambers, 1500 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95054
  2. Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 9:00 am - 10:00 am, Santa Clara Convention Center, Great America Meeting Room 3, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054
  3. Thursday, June 8, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Central Park Library, Margie Edinger Room, 2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara, CA 95051
  4. Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Northside Branch Library, Community Room, 695 Moreland Way, Santa Clara, CA 95054

Your valuable input will help the City Council and staff evaluate the City's current minimum wage ordinance on July 18, 2017. 

   Santa Clara Minimum Wage Effective January 1, 2017:

$11.10 Per Hour

On September 22, 2015, the Santa Clara City Council passed a Minimum Wage Ordinance that went into effect on January 1, 2016, raising the minimum wage from $9 per hour to $11 per hour. The Ordinance required employers to pay a minimum of $11.00 per hour to each employee who performs at least two (2) hours or more per week of work in Santa Clara. Beginning January 1, 2017, and each year thereafter, the minimum wage will increase corresponding to the prior year’s Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Santa Clara employers and employees doing business in Santa Clara are subject to the Minimum Wage Ordinance. For information, visit our FAQ page, email us at minimumwage@santaclaraca.gov  or contact us at 408-615-2210.

Prior to 2015, the City of Santa Clara followed the California State Minimum Wage Ordinance. For information on the minimum wage in Santa Clara prior to 2015, please visit the State of California Department of Industrial Relations website.

2017 Official Minimum Wage Bulletin Employer Posters

Employers must post where information is accessible by employees.
English         Spanish         Vietnamese

Employer and Employee Documents

Santa Clara Workers: Know Your Rights (1/1/17)
English         Spanish         Vietnamese

Ordinance Basics and Responsibilities (1/1/17)
English         Spanish         Vietnamese

2016 Official Minimum Wage Bulletin Employer Posters

Employers must post where information is accessible by employees.
English         Spanish         Vietnamese

Employer and Employee Documents

Santa Clara Workers: Know Your Rights (1/1/16)
English         Spanish         Vietnamese

Ordinance Basics and Responsibilities (1/1/16)
English         Spanish         Vietnamese

Relevant Documents and Information:

Community Outreach Presentation on Minimum Wage Update Proposal (PDF)
Notice of Proposed Update to Minimum Wage Ordinance (PDF)

Minimum Wage Ordinance
 (PDF)
Minimum Wage Ordinance FAQ(PDF)
Minimum Wage Agenda Report - April 4, 2017 Council Meeting (PDF)
Minimum Wage Agenda Report - September 22, 2015 Council Meeting (PDF)
Minimum Wage Agenda Report - August 18, 2015 Council Meeting (PDF)
California Minimum Wage (PDF)
Silicon Valley Mayors team up on regional plan to study boosting the minimum wage (SVBJ Article)
Cities Association Subcommittee June 11 2015 Meeting Summary (PDF)
Summary of Draft Minimum Wage Ordinance (PDF)
Business Owners and Managers Survey (Closed)
Employees and Individuals Survey (Closed)
Countywide Economic Analysis Report (PDF)
Countywide Economic Analysis Summary of Key Findings (PDF)
Countywide Employer Survey Presentation (PDF)
Countywide Employer Survey Summary of Key Findings (PDF)
Cities Association Memo & Recommendation on Minimum Wage (PDF)
Cities Association Model Ordinance (PDF)

Who do I contact if I am not receiving the current minimum rate per hour?

The City of Santa Clara contracts with the City of San Jose for enforcement of its minimum wage ordinance. If you believe you or someone else is not receiving the current minimum wage rate per hour, contact the City of San Jose's Office of Equality Assurance:

In-person or mail:  Office of Equality Assurance
                              200 East Santa Clara Street, Fifth Floor
                              San Jose, CA 95113

Phone:                  408-535-8430

Please provide the following information:

  • Your name, mailing address and phone number
  • Name, address and phone number of the company where you work
  • Manager or owner's name
  • Type of work you perform
  • How and when you are paid (example: cash or check, every week)

Any additional information you can provide such as copies of pay stubs, personal records of hours worked or other information regarding you employer's pay practices are helpful.

***All services are free and confidential.  Please remember that you employer cannot terminate you or in any other manner discriminate against you for filing a complaint with the Office of Equality Assurance.***

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