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File #: 19-291    Name:
Type: Staff Report Status: Agenda Ready - Administrative Business
File created: 3/27/2019 In control: Special City Council
On agenda: 4/9/2019 Final action: 4/9/2019
Title: Study Session: Review and Analysis of Minimum Wage Increase for City of South San Francisco Employees (Leah Lockhart, Human Resources Director)
Attachments: 1. Attachment 1 - Study Session - Minimum Wage for SSF Employees, 2. Study Session - Minimum Wage Increase 4.9.19 (FINAL).pdf
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Study Session: Review and Analysis of Minimum Wage Increase for City of South San Francisco Employees (Leah Lockhart, Human Resources Director)

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RECOMMENDATION
Recommendation
It is recommended that Council review information pertaining to a possible internal minimum wage increase for City employees and provide direction to staff.

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BACKGROUND/DISCUSSION
As of January 1, 2019, the State of California's minimum wage for employers with 26 or more employees is set at $12 per hour. Pursuant to SB 3, which was enacted in 2016, the State minimum wage is scheduled to increase by one dollar each year, reaching $15 per hour by January 1, 2022 (January 1, 2023 for employers with 25 or fewer employees). Thereafter, the minimum wage will be adjusted annually based on the National Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). The minimum wage schedule for the State of California is attached in Table 1. In addition to California state law, several California cities have passed minimum wage ordinances that set forth a more aggressive schedule to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. In San Mateo County, the Cities of Belmont, Daly City, Redwood City, and San Mateo have minimum wage ordinances, and an additional 15 cities in the San Francisco Bay Area have minimum wage ordinances. Tables 2 and 3 include the current and scheduled minimum wage adjustments for Cities within the Bay Area.

The City of South San Francisco does not have a minimum wage ordinance, therefore minimum wage is set in accordance with State law. However, given the increase in wages in the surrounding area, Council has expressed an interest in increasing wages for City employees who are currently earning less than $15 per hour. This study session will focus on the options and potential impacts of increasing the starting wage for City of South San Francisco employees to $15 per hour.

Current City Wage Schedule
The City's current wage schedule includes six job classifications with a starting st...

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