- The City of Santa Monica Minimum Wage Ordinance (SMMC Ch. 4.62) requires employers to pay their employees who perform at least two (2) hours of work per week within the geographic boundaries of the City the effective minimum wage rate. The minimum wage rate increases incrementally each July 1 until July 1, 2022, and each year thereafter, when the minimum wage rate will be adjusted for inflation based on the Consumer Price Index.
- The Minimum Wage Ordinance also requires employers to provide their employees who work within City limits with paid sick leave benefits. Employees accrue one (1) hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. The amount of paid sick leave that an employee may use depends on the total number of employees that work for the employer. Leave may be used consistent with State law.
- The Ordinance applies to all employers with full-time, part-time or temporary employees.
- The Ordinance prohibits retaliation against employees for exercising rights protected under the minimum wage law, and provides that employers cannot reduce employees’ hours or other benefits to directly fund minimum wage increases.
- Employees have the right to file civil claims against their employers for violations of the Ordinance.
- Employers violating the law can be subject to administrative or criminal penalties.
Notice & Recordkeeping
- All employers with covered employees must post the City’s Minimum Wage & Paid Sick Leave notice in English, Spanish and any language spoken by at least 5% of the employees. The Minimum Wage & Paid Sick Leave Poster is bilingual.
- Employers are required to retain payroll records for a period of three (3) years.