University of Wisconsin–Madison

Living Wage Policy Toolkit

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year -
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice
To ensure that public spending creates high-quality family-supporting jobs, local governments should implement living wage ordinances that set wage standards for city employees, government contractors, and companies receiving public subsidies. This policy guide highlights the benefits of living wage requirements and provides strategies for defining covered employers, regular adjustments to keep up with the rising cost of living, implementing healthcare differentials, and instituting paid sick and vacation day requirements.

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