Who must post the City of East Palo Alto, CA Minimum Wage Poster?
The city of East Palo Alto, CA Minimum Wage Ordinance (Muni. Ord. 5.10.010, et. seq.) applies to all employers who are subject to the city of East Palo Alto Business License Tax or who maintain a facility in the city of East Palo Alto, CA. Each year, covered employers are required to post the updated city of East Palo Alto, CA Minimum Wage Poster in the workplace, to inform employees of the effective minimum wage rate and their rights under the law. The notice must be posted in English, Spanish and any language spoken by 5% or more of the workforce.
What does the East Palo Alto Minimum Wage Ordinance provide?
The East Palo Alto Minimum Wage Ordinance went into effect on January 1, 2021. The Ordinance established an initial minimum wage rate of $15.00 per hour beginning on January 1, 2021. Each year thereafter, the minimum wage rate will increase by a percentage amount equal to the prior year’s increase, if any, in the local Consumer Price Index (CPI). Annual increases are rounded to the nearest nickel.
- The Ordinance applies to adult and minor employees who work at least two (2) or more hours per week in the city of East Palo Alto.
- An employer may not:
- count any amount of an employee’s tips or gratuities toward the employer’s obligation to pay the minimum wage rate, or
- fund increases in compensation by reducing the wages of any employee; increasing charges for parking, meals, uniforms, or other items; reducing the non-wage benefits of any such employee; or increasing the share any employee pays towards her/his benefits.
- Employees who assert their rights under the law are protected from retaliation and may sue their employer or file a complaint with City. The City may enforce the law by ordering reinstatement, back pay and penalties. The City’s contact information is provided.
What else must East Palo Alto employers do?
Employers are required to:
- provide to every current employee, and to each new employee at the time of hire, written notification of:
- his or her rights under the Minimum Wage Ordinance;
- the name, address, and phone number of the employer; and
- retain payroll records for a period of three years.