The City of San Mateo has established a web page with a summary of the regulations related to the city’s new Minimum Wage Ordinance. The City Council voted in August, 2016, to raise the minimum wage to $12 beginning January 1, 2017, $13.50 on January 1, 2018, and $15 on January 1, 2019. Thereafter, the city will adjust the minimum wage to keep up with inflation.
All businesses are covered by the minimum wage, though nonprofit organizations operating in the city have an additional year to reach the new wage levels.
The City website, www.cityofsanmateo.org/minimumwage, includes the official notice of the wage increase that employers are required to post in the workplace, a summary of what the ordinance means for both employers and employees, and frequently asked questions. All material is available in English, Spanish and Chinese.
A labor, faith and community groups came together as the Raise the Wage Coalition to advocate for a hike in the minimum wage. The City Council acted after conducting research on the economic and public health impacts of a minimum wage hike, surveying local businesses and holding community meetings, and holding public hearings on the issue.
While more than a dozen cities in the Bay Area have raised the minimum wage, from San Jose, Santa Clara, and Mountain View in Santa Clara County, Berkeley, Oakland and Emeryville in Alameda County, Richmond and El Cerrito in Contra Costa County, and San Francisco, San Mateo City Council is the council to enact an ordinance in San Mateo County.