The City of Berkeley has issued a new Minimum Wage notice with current and future wage information for employers and employees. The notice also includes details of the city’s Paid Sick Leave and Berkeley Family Friendly & Environment Friendly Workplace ordinances, but there are currently no updates to those sections.

Minimum Wage Rates for Employees in Berkeley

Current Minimum Wage Rate

On October 1, 2018, the City of Berkeley’s minimum wage reached $15.00 per hour. Employers must continue to pay this wage rate through June 30, 2019.

Future Minimum Wage Rates

On July 1, 2019, and every July 1 thereafter, Berkeley’s minimum wage will increase based on the previous calendar year’s increase—if any—in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Effective July 1, 2019, employers in the City of Berkeley must pay a minimum wage rate of $15.59 per hour to employees working in the city.

Effective July 1, 2020, employers must pay a minimum wage rate of $15.59 per hour, plus any increase in the CPI.

Employees’ Rights

The Minimum Wage notice states that tips and/or gratuities may not be used to achieve the minimum wage rate.

In addition, employees are protected from retaliation under the Minimum Wage Ordinance and other labor ordinances. Employees may report suspected violations, and the city will investigate, access payroll records, or take corrective action if necessary.

Those who have questions may contact the City of Berkeley’s Health, Housing, & Community Services Department via phone (510-981-CITY/2489 or 311 from any landline in Berkeley) or send an email to the following address: Rules4work@cityofberkeley.info.

We Can Keep You in Compliance

If you have not already done so, we encourage you to order our City/County Poster 1-Year Plan so that you will automatically receive the updated Berkeley poster as soon as it is available. 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!