Minimum Wage Ordinance

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$15.00 per hour

$15.40 per hour

Effective January 1, 2020

On August 22, 2017 Santa Clara City Council approved a plan establishing the City's local minimum wage to reach $15.00 per hour by 2019. Beginning on January 1, 2020, the minimum wage will be adjusted annually based on the regional Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Santa Clara employers and employees doing business in Santa Clara are subject to the Minimum Wage Ordinance. For more information review the FAQ and relevant documents listed below, email or contact 408-615-2210.

What Does This Mean for Employers?

  • Employers must document all hours worked by employees and keep records for four years.
  • It is unlawful to discriminate or take adverse action against any person in retaliation for exercising their rights protected under the ordinance.
  • Employers must provide their name, business address and phone number in writing to employees at time of hire.
  • Employers must post the Minimum Wage Official Notice at the workplace or job site, informing employees of the rate and their rights, in the top three languages spoken in the City of Santa Clara: English, Spanish, and Chinese.

2019 Minimum Wage Official Posters for the Workplace

Poster English Spanish Chinese Hindi
Official Minimum Wage Bulletin English Spanish Chinese Hindi
Santa Clara Workers: Know Your Rights English Spanish Chinese Hindi
Ordinance Basics and Responsibilities English Spanish Chinese Hindi

The 2020 Minimum Wage Official Posters for the workplace will be posted no later than December 6, 2019.

What Does This Mean for Employees?

  • Covered employees include anyone who performs two hours or more of work per week in Santa Clara.
  • Covered employees are entitled to these rights regardless of immigration status.

Who do I contact if I am not receiving the current minimum rate per hour?

The City of Santa Clara contracts with the City of San Jose for enforcement of its minimum wage ordinance. If you believe you or someone else is not receiving the current minimum wage rate per hour, contact the City of San Jose's Office of Equality Assurance.

In person or by mail:

Office of Equality Assurance
200 East Santa Clara Street, Fifth Floor
San Jose, CA 95113

Phone: 408-535-8430


Please provide the following information:

  • Your name, mailing address and phone number
  • Name, address and phone number of the company where you work
  • Manager or owner's name
  • Type of work you perform
  • How and when you are paid (example: cash or check, every week)

Any additional information you can provide such as copies of pay stubs, personal records of hours worked or other information regarding you employer's pay practices are helpful.

***All services are free and confidential. Please remember that your employer cannot terminate you or in any other manner discriminate against you for filing a complaint with the Office of Equality Assurance.***

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