Santa Monica Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave

Published March 16, 2016

The City of Santa Monica, California amended its municipal code to require a citywide minimum wage and paid sick leave for workers, and a living wage for hotel workers.

Santa Monica Minimum Wage Schedule and Hotel Worker Living Wage Schedule

The City has a three-tier minimum wage schedule based on a number of employees and whether the business employs hotel workers.

Effective Date Non-Hotel Employees  
July 1 26 or more workers 25 or fewer workers Hotel Workers**
2016 $10.50 $13.25
2017 $12.00 $10.50 $15.37
2018 $13.25 $12.00 INDEXED*
2019 $14.25 $13.25 INDEXED*
2020 $15.00 $14.25 INDEXED*
2021 $15.00 INDEXED*

*Indexed: The rate may be adjusted annually based on changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPl). The City shall announce the adjusted rates annually January 1 and publish a bulletin announcing the adjusted rates, which take effect July 1 of each year.

**Hotel Workers: The ordinance defines hotel workers as: “…any individual whose primary place of employment is at one or more Hotels and who is employed directly by the Hotel Employer or by a person who has contracted with the Hotel Employer to provide services at the Hotel. Hotel Worker does not include a managerial. supervisory or confidential employee.”

Santa Monica Paid Sick Leave

Workers employed as of July 1, 2016, will begin to accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. Employees hired after July 1, 2016 will begin to accrue the same rate of paid sick leave after 90 days of employment.

Business Size Accrual Rate Annual Accrual Cap Usage Ability
26 or more workers 1 hour for every 30 hours worked 72 hours After 90 days of employment
25 or fewer workers 1 hour for every 30 hours worked 40 hours After 90 days of employment

Santa Monica Minimum Wage Posting Requirements

Employers must display a notice provided by the City each year in English and Spanish and in any other language spoken by at least five percent of workers. The notice must be displayed “in a conspicuous place at any workplace or job site where any Employee works.

GovDocs continues to monitor the City for the release of the required notice.

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