Mountain View, CA Raises Minimum Wage

The City of Mountain View, California increased its minimum wage to $10.30 per hour effective July 1, 2015.

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Home to tech giants Google and Symantec, the City Mountain View, California established a new minimum wage of $10.30 per hour effective July 1, 2015. The rate may be adjusted for inflation every January 1 beginning in 2016 based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

The City of Mountain View’s new minimum wage is higher than the current California minimum wage of $9 per hour.

Mountain View City Minimum Wage Posting Requirements

Employers must post the Mountain View Minimum Wage Official Notice in each workplace so that employees have access to it.

The new posting is included as part of the Mountain View City Laminated Workplace Poster Package, which contains required workplace postings required for businesses in Mountain View. Subscribers to GovDocs Labor Law News can save an additional 20% using coupon code BLOG20 at check out.

California Workplace Posters Required for Employers

In addition to the Mountain View Minimum Wage poster, employers in California must also display a variety of other postings to remain compliant with California workplace regulations, including:

  • Notice to Employees – Unemployment Insurance, Disability Insurance, and Paid Family Leave
  • Safety & Health Protection on the Job
  • Discrimination and Harassment are Prohibited by Law
  • Pay Day Notice
  • Access to Medical Records
  • Time Off for Voting
  • Minimum Wage
  • Emergency Phone Numbers
  • No Smoking Except In Designated Areas
  • No Smoking
  • Notice A, Pregnancy Disability Leave
  • Family Care and Medical Leave (CFRA Leave) and Pregnancy Disability Leave
  • Joint Notice
  • Whistleblowers’ Protection Act
  • Notice to Employees – Injuries Caused by Work
  • IWC Wage Order (multiple industries)

Purchase the GovDocs California Labor Law Posting Compliance Package and save 20% with coupon code BLOG20.

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Oregon: New State and City Paid Sick Leave Laws

Employers in Oregon need to know about a new statewide Paid Sick Leave law and its effect on similar measures in Portland and Eugene.

The State of Oregon enacted a Paid Sick Leave law that takes effect January 1, 2016, and it may trump similar laws at the municipal level in Oregon.

  • Portland already has a similar law in effect – the Portland Protected Sick Time Ordinance. The new Oregon State law will incorporate Portland’s rules into it by carving out exceptions for cities with over 500,000 in population. Portland’s notice is applicable until January 1, 2016. After January 1, it is believed that the State law requirements will be applicable and the Portland rules & posting will be repealed.
  • Eugene had passed a city Paid Sick Leave ordinance that was set to be in effect on July 1, 2015, however the State bill explicitly preempts all local governments’ sick leave requirements and Eugene’s ordinance will be repealed.

Oregon Paid Sick Leave Posting Requirements

The law requires a written notice to be provided to employees regarding the requirements of the new Oregon Paid Sick Leave law. However, GovDocs Compliance Research Counsel, Anne Jakala, Esq. said there is no language explicitly defining whether that notice must be posted or provided in person.

“We anticipate the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries is expected to provide a template notice, but GovDocs will continue to monitor the Bureau of Labor and Industries for the release of any further clarification regarding this law.” Anne Jakala, Esq.

U.S. City Posting Requirements

More than 40 municipal governments in the U.S. have issued notices that employers must display in workplaces – and the trend is increasing. Cities like San Francisco, Seattle, Albuquerque, and Philadelphia have all issued ordinances that affect workers in those cities with corresponding labor law postings.

GovDocs provides ongoing labor law posting compliance coverage for North America’s largest employers. Under our Update Program, employers receive the latest Federal, State, and City required postings automatically and at no extra charge. This takes the guesswork out of posting compliance for large companies with locations in multiple cities and states.


San Francisco 2015 Minimum Wage Increase

San Francisco employers must pay workers at least $12.25 per hour beginning May 1, 2015.

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Voters passed Proposition J in November 2014, raising the minimum wage to $15.00 by 2018 in scheduled increases. Beginning in 2019, the San Francisco minimum wage rate will be adjusted annually based on changes to the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

San Francisco Minimum Wage Increase Schedule

The San Francisco minimum wage will increase according to the following schedule:

Effective Date Minimum Wage Rate
5/1/2015 $12.25
7/1/2016 $13.00
7/1/2017 $14.00
7/1/2018 $15.00
July 1 2019 and beyond CPI Increase

San Francisco Minimum Wage Notice and Posting Requirements

The San Francisco Minimum Wage Ordinance (MWO) requires every employer to post notices in English, Spanish, Chinese and:

“…in and any other language spoken by at least five percent of the Employees at the workplace or job site.”

Employers must also provide each employee the employer’s name, address and telephone number in writing at the time of hire.

The San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement is authorized to fine employers $500 for each instance of failing to post or failing to provide the employer’s contact information in writing.

San Francisco Compliance Posters

Subscribers to GovDocs labor law news can take an additional 20% off of their purchase of the GovDocs San Francisco City Posting Compliance Package by using coupon code BLOG20. The package contains the new San Francisco 2015 Minimum Wage posting and other postings required for San Francisco employers:

  • San Francisco Minimum Wage (6-Language version)
  • San Francisco Paid Sick Leave (6-Language version)
  • San Francisco No Smoking
  • San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance (6-Language version)
  • San Francisco Family Friendly Workplace (6-Language version)
  • San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance posting
  • San Francisco Employment Discrimination is Against the Law

GovDocs City Posting Coverage

San Francisco is just one of more than 40 cities in the U.S. that issues postings required or recommended for employers. Thanks to the nationwide trend of tying minimum wage rates to cost-of-living adjustments (like in San Francisco beginning 2019), more and more workplace postings require frequent replacement.

For large employers (businesses with 50 or more locations), GovDocs suggests using an automatic compliance program to ensure uninterrupted posting coverage for all your employees. Request a price quote from GovDocs today.

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California City Minimum Wages: Berkley and Sunnyvale

Berkley and Sunnyvale are among the Cities in the U.S. who recently enacted new minimum wage ordinances.


Berkeley Minimum Wage

Berkeley, California increased its minimum wage rate to $10.00 per hour effective October 1, 2014. The Berkeley Minimum Wage Ordinance (MWO) includes planned increases to the minimum wage rate in 2015 and 2016.

Effective Date Minimum Wage Rate
October 1, 2014 $10.00
October 1, 2015 $11.00
October 1, 2016 $12.00

Employers regardless of where they are located, must pay the Berkeley minimum wage to their employees who perform at least two hours of work within the geographic boundaries of Berkeley.

There is no allowable tip credit for the Berkeley minimum wage. An employer must not use an employee’s tips as a credit towards its obligation to pay the Berkeley minimum wage.

Order the GovDocs Berkeley City Poster Compliance Package and save 20% with coupon code 2015MIN. The package includes both versions of the required Berkeley minimum wage posting: English and Spanish.

Sunnyvale Minimum Wage

The City of Sunnyvale enacted a new Minimum Wage Ordinance (MWO) that took effect January 1, 2015. Employers who are subject to the Sunnyvale Business License Tax or who maintain a facility in Sunnyvale must pay to each employee who performs at least two hours of work per week in Sunnyvale wages of not less than $10.30 per hour.

The Sunnyvale minimum wage rate is adjusted for inflation each January 1. Order the GovDocs Sunnyvale City Poster Compliance Package and save 20% with coupon code 2015MIN. The package includes all three versions of the required Sunnyvale minimum wage posting: English, Spanish, and Chinese.

A total of seven California Cities have enacted minimum wage ordinances. Learn more about California Cities with 2015 Minimum Wages in our GovDocs U.S. Minimum Wage Report.


GovDocs provides posting compliance coverage of more than 50 cities in the U.S. for large employers. If your business operates across multiple states, contact us for a price quote for total posting compliance coverage at the State, Federal, and City level.

Did we mention that GovDocs also provides ongoing compliance coverage for all 10 Canadian Provinces, too? Those are just some of the reasons why North America’s largest employers trust GovDocs for ongoing labor law posting compliance.


Albuquerque 2015 Minimum Wage Increase

Albuquerque increased its 2015 minimum wage rate to $8.75 effective January 1, 2015.

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The City launched its Albuquerque Minimum Wage Ordinance in 2007 and indexes the minimum wage rate to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) each year to compensate for the cost of living. The 2014 CPI report identified a 1.6 percent increase in the cost of living for Albuquerque resulting in a 15-cent increase from $8.60 to $8.75 for the Albuquerque regular minimum wage.

The regular minimum wage rate covers employees who do not receive at least $2,500 in healthcare or childcare benefits. For workers who receive more than $2,500 in benefits, the 2015 minimum wage rate increased only to $7.75.

Albuquerque Tipped Minimum Wage

Employers must pay Albuquerque minimum wage workers who earn tips as part of their regular duties at least $5.25 per hour.

Albuquerque Minimum Wage Poster

Every employer must display both English and Spanish versions of the Albuquerque Minimum Wage Poster in a conspicuous location.

Albuquerque is one of more than 50 cities in the U.S. that GovDocs monitors for mandatory workplace posting updates. The 2015 Albuquerque minimum wage posting is included as part of the GovDocs Albuquerque City Posting Compliance Package in English and Spanish versions. Order now and save 20% on all 2015 labor law poster purchases with GovDocs coupon code 2015MIN.

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Passed: $13 Minimum Wage for Chicago by 2019

The City of Chicago approved a new minimum wage ordinance that establishes a minimum wage that increases in stages to $13 per hour in five years.

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According to the Mayor’s Office, more than 400,000 workers in Chicago will receive automatic pay increases as a result of the new Chicago minimum wage ordinance passed by the Chicago City Council.

Chicago Minimum Wage Schedule

Chicago Regular Minimum Wage

  • July 1, 2015         $10 per hour
  • July 1, 2017         $11 per hour
  • July 1, 2019         $13 per hour
  • July 1, 2020+       Chicago’s minimum wage rate would be adjusted based on inflation.

Chicago Tipped Minimum Wage

  • July 1, 2015         $5.45
  • July 1, 2016         $5.95
  • July 1, 2017+       Chicago’s tipped minimum wage rate would be adjusted based on inflation.

Chicago Minimum Wage Poster

The GovDocs Research Department will monitor the City for release of a poster associated with the new minimum wage. When released, the new poster will be included as part of the GovDocs City of Chicago Poster Compliance Package if it is required for display by the City.

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Chicago Minimum Wage Power Play

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has advocated for an increase and was a key player in getting the ordinance passed at lightning speed ahead of the February 2015 mayoral election.

Chicago politics make for great drama in real life and on the small screen. Check out Kelsey Grammer playing a powerful Chicago mayor who runs the City with an iron fist even while he is losing his grip on his own mind.

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