Since we last reported on local minimum wage updates in California, the Cities of Mountain View and Sunnyvale have issued new Minimum Wage notices with increases effective January 1, 2019. The updated posters for these cities are currently being shipped out to clients.

Minimum Wage Increases for 2019

What’s Happening in Mountain View & Sunnyvale?

Beginning January 1, 2019, both the Mountain View and Sunnyvale Minimum Wage Ordinances call for annual minimum wage adjustments based on the U.S. Department of Labor’s Regional Consumer Price Index.

Effective January 1, 2019, employers in Mountain View and Sunnyvale must pay a minimum wage of $15.65 per hour to both adult and minor employees who perform at least 2 hours of work per week in their respective cities.

Under each city’s ordinance, employees are entitled to the minimum wage rights regardless of their immigration status.

Retaliation Protections for Employees

Mountain View and Sunnyvale employees who assert their rights to receive the minimum wage are protected from retaliation by their employers. Employees may file a civil lawsuit against their employers for any violation of the Mountain View or Sunnyvale Minimum Wage Ordinance.

Posting Requirements

Mountain View employers are required to post the 2019 Minimum Wage notice in a location where it may easily be read. The notice must be posted in English and any language spoken by 5% or more of their employees.

Employers in Sunnyvale are also required to post the 2019 Minimum Wage notice in a location where it may easily be read; however, Sunnyvale’s ordinance states that the notice must be posted in English, Spanish, and Mandarin. Plus, Sunnyvale employers are required to post updates to two additional notices that include the new 2019 minimum wage rate: Know Your Rights and Ordinance Basics and Responsibilities. These notices must be posted in English, Spanish, and Mandarin as well.

We’re Here to Keep You in Compliance

If you have not already done so, we encourage you to order our City/County Poster 1-Year Plan. Because the plan provides free poster updates for mandatory changes, no matter how many occur during the 12-month period, you can always count on Poster Compliance Center to keep you in compliance!