The minimum wage rate in Sunnyvale remains unchanged for January 1, 2016, but a new rate may be coming in July 2016. Regardless, employers must display the 2016 posting.
Sunnyvale released its 2016 minimum wage posting, which must be displayed by January 1, 2016. The rate of $10.30 per hour remained unchanged from 2015, but by the terms of the Minimum Wage Ordinance (MWO), all covered workplaces in Sunnyvale must display the revised posting.
Sunnyvale enacted its MWO in 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.
Sunnyvale’s Minimum Wage Didn’t Change. Do I Need a New Poster?
Why – you may well ask – replace the Sunnyvale minimum wage notice when the rate hasn’t changed?
Two things: first of all, the critical part of the ordinance is the “each year” phrase. The Sunnyvale minimum wage rate is adjusted for inflation each January 1. Each year the City will release a revised minimum wage posting, which means each year, Sunnyvale workplaces need to replace their minimum wage posters.
“Every Employer shall post in a conspicuous place at any workplace or job site where any Employee works the notice published each year by the City informing Employees of the current Minimum Wage rate and of their rights under this Chapter.”
Secondly, your workers will notice the effective date of January 1, 2016. They will wonder if they are being paid the correct rate. Unless you want to field phone calls from Sunnyvale for the next year, it’s best to adhere to the ordinance requirements and freshen that Sunnyvale minimum wage notice.
Potential Sunnyvale Minimum Wage Increase in 2016
The Sunnyvale City Council will consider an ordinance to increase the citywide minimum wage rate to $11.00 per hour on July 1, 2016, to $13.00 on January 1, 2017, and to $15.00 on January 1, 2018. If the ordinance is adopted, beginning January 1, 2019, and then on every January 1 thereafter, the City minimum wage would increase to adjust for inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
Sunnyvale Minimum Wage Posting Requirements
Businesses with locations in Sunnyvale must display the 2016 Sunnyvale minimum wage notice in:
- A conspicuous place at any workplace or job site where any employees work where information is accessible by employees
- The top three languages spoken in the city