The city's minimum wage would begin 2016 at $10, which mirrors what the state minimum wage will be as of January 1, 2016.
- $10.50 in 2017
- $11 in 2018
- $11.75 in 2019
- $12.50 in 2020
- Beginning in 2021, the minimum wage would be indexed to inflation
The proposal also includes the following exemptions:
- Small businesses: A longer phase-in period would be allowed for small businesses. The definition of a small business and the timeline have not been determined.
- Reduction for health care: Employers paying at least $2 an hour toward employee health care premiums for minimum wage workers could reduce wages, with the discount reaching $1.50 an hour once the minimum wage reaches $12.50.
- Total compensation: Employers may be exempt if they can prove employees bring home at least $15 an hour, including tips, in taxable gross income.
- Teen wage: Workers age 18 and younger would be exempt from the higher city minimum wage.
- Apprentice and training programs: Building trades that run training programs and nonprofits that accept workers from federal programs would remain at the state minimum wage.
Now the real lobbying must begin at City Hall - that includes you! We need to be sure your councilmembers are hearing from YOU and understand the importance of a total compensation and minimum wage policy that will not force you to close your doors or lay people off. There is no question the unions are already storming City Hall, trying to raise the wage even more and to remove total compensation from this proposal. We need you involved today!
Can we count on you to get involved and be heard ASAP? Contact John Kabateck at 916.956.9027 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved and connected with your councilmember today!