On January 1, 2020, employers in the City of San Diego must pay their employees an increased minimum wage of $13.00 per hour.

Details of the Minimum Wage Ordinance

The San Diego Minimum Wage Ordinance applies to adult and minor employees who perform at least 2 hours of work in one or more workweeks within the geographic boundaries of the city.

Just like other municipal minimum wage ordinances in the State of California, tips may not count toward the payment of the minimum wage. In addition, retaliation against employees for asserting their rights to the San Diego minimum wage is prohibited under the ordinance.

Retaliation Protections for Employees

Employees who have not been paid the correct minimum wage or who believe they are victims of retaliation by an employer have the option to file a civil lawsuit or file a complaint with the City of San Diego’s Minimum Wage Enforcement Office.

The city has the ability to take whatever reasonable steps are necessary to begin an investigation into alleged violations of the Minimum Wage Ordinance. To remedy such a violation, the city is entitled to all legal and equitable relief. This may include imposing penalties of up to $1,000 per violation on an employer, and awarding back pay, liquidated damages, reinstatement, and other forms of relief to an employee.

Posting and Written Notice Requirements

Under the San Diego Minimum Wage Ordinance, employers must display the Minimum Wage notice in a prominent place where all employees can see it. In addition, the notice must be posted in both English and Spanish as well as any language spoken by 5% of the employees at the job site.

Employers are also required to provide all employees, at the time of hire, written notice of the employer’s legal name; any fictitious business name, address, and phone number; as well as the employer’s requirements under the ordinance.

San Diego’s 2020 Minimum Wage notice is now available, but employers are required to keep the current 2019 notice posted in their workplaces through December 31, 2019. But have no fear, the new poster will be sent out to all San Diego customers in plenty of time prior to the January 1 effective date.

We Can Keep You in Compliance!

If you order our City/County Poster 1-Year Plan, you will automatically receive the updated City of San Diego poster before the end of this year. And because we provide 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 your business in compliance!