Belmont Minimum Wage Ordinance
Effective July 1, 2018, employers in the City of Belmont, California are required to pay employees at least the minimum wage rate scheduled in the City’s Minimum Wage Ordinance. The Belmont Minimum Wage Ordinance applies to businesses that are required to pay the Belmont Business License Tax or that maintain a facility in Belmont. The law covers any employee who performs at least two (2) hours of work per week in Belmont. Employees are entitled to these rights regardless of immigration status.
Under the city’s ordinance, the minimum wage rate* increases as follows:
|Effective Date||City of Belmont|
|July 1, 2018||$12.50|
|January 1, 2019||$13.50|
|January 1, 2020||$15.00|
|January 1, 2021||$15.90|
|January 1, 2022 and each following year||Regional CPI increase, up to 3.5%|
*An employee’s tips or benefits are not counted toward the employer’s obligation to pay the minimum wage rate.
Official Belmont Minimum Wage Poster
Every covered employer must post the Belmont Minimum Wage Official Poster prominently in areas of the work site where it will be seen by all employees. The notice identifies the effective and future minimum wage rates. The notice also explains that an employer may not retaliate against an employee for making a complaint to the City regarding his or her right to receive the minimum wage specified. The notice further informs employees that they may file a civil lawsuit against their employers for any violation of the Ordinance. In addition, the City of Belmont will investigate possible violations and may take enforcement action including ordering reinstatement of employees, payment of back wages and civil penalties. Failure to post this notice will be a violation of the Municipal Code.
What else does the law require?
- Each employer must give written notification to each current employee and to new employees (at the time of hire) of the employee’s rights under the Belmont Minimum Wage Ordinance.
- Every employer must provide each employee, at the time of hire, with the employer’s name, address and telephone number in writing.
- Each employer must maintain for at least three years for each employee, a record of his or her name, hours worked and pay rate.
- Employees who have questions, need additional information or believe they are not being paid correctly, should notify their employer or contact the City Manager’s Office by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The City of Belmont is contracting with the San Jose Office of Equality Assurance to provide enforcement for the Minimum Wage Ordinance and employees may contact the Office of Equality Assurance to report violations using the contact information provided on the Belmont Minimum Wage Poster.