University of Wisconsin–Madison

Berkeley Living Wage Ordinance

Type Model Law
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
The ordinance requires covered entities to pay a living wage of $16.07; indexes the living wage to the Consumer Price Index; allows for certain credits toward a living wage for employers; requires the city to publish an annual bulletin on announcing the adjusted Living Wages and Maximum Benefits Expenditure Credit for the coming year; requires covered employers to permit covered employees at least 10 days per year of paid sick leave; requires covered employers to provide at least 12 days of paid leave per year in addition to sick leave; establishes accrual and implementation provisions; prohibits retaliation; provides for certain exemptions; provides for enforcement and penalties for violations; and allows for private actions for damages or injunctive relief.

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