On February 5, 2019, the Fremont City Council approved the new Fremont Minimum Wage Ordinance, which will increase the city’s minimum wage to $15.00 per hour two years earlier than the state law.

Requirements of the Minimum Wage Ordinance

The minimum wage requirements apply to all employees who perform work within the City of Fremont, including part-time and full-time workers. Employers should note that tips may not be counted toward the payment of the minimum wage.

Employees who work for nonprofit organizations are exempt from the Minimum Wage Ordinance.

Stepped Minimum Wage Increases

Effective July 1, 2019:

  • Employers with 26 or more employees must pay a minimum wage of $13.50 per hour.
  • Employers with 25 or fewer employees must pay a minimum wage of $11.00 per hour, which matches the state minimum wage.

Effective July 1, 2020:

  • Employers with 26 or more employees must pay a minimum wage of $15.00 per hour.
  • Employers with 25 or fewer employees must pay a minimum wage of $13.50 per hour.

Effective July 1, 2021:

  • Employers with 26 or more employees must pay a minimum wage of $15.00 per hour, plus any increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
  • Employers with 25 or fewer employees must pay a minimum wage of $15.00 per hour.

Beginning July 1, 2022, and every July 1 thereafter, Fremont’s minimum wage will be increased or adjusted according to the prior year’s increase, if any, in the CPI. The ordinance states that the increase may not exceed 5%.

Employees’ Rights

The Fremont Minimum Wage notice outlines certain employee protections. Employees who assert their rights to receive the City of Fremont minimum wage are protected from retaliation by their employers. Suspected violations of the ordinance may be reported to the city. The city is responsible for investigating these violations and enforcing the requirements of the ordinance by reinstating employees, paying unlawfully withheld back wages, and imposing penalties as appropriate.

Those who have questions about the city’s minimum wage may contact the City of Fremont via email (minwage@fremont.gov) or by phone (510-284-4000).

We Can Keep You in Compliance

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