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SAN JOSE, CA VOTERS APPROVE $10 HOURLY MINIMUM WAGE

November 21, 2012

On November 6th, San Jose, CA voters approved an ordinance requiring a $10.00 per hour minimum wage for all workers in the city who put in more than two hours a week.

Measure D, which won 58.5% of the vote, covers all employers beginning 90 days after the election is certified. The wage rate will rise beginning January 1, 2014, based on the consumer price index.

Enforcement includes award of back wages; fines of $50 a day for violations; private enforcement through civil actions; and revocation or suspension of permits or licenses.

San Jose joins San Francisco with a minimum wage above California’s $8.00 per hour requirement and the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. San Jose already has a living wage ordinance for 2012 of $14.73 for employees of contractors with health benefits and $15.98 per hour for those workers without health benefits.

Exempt from the ordinance are employers that do not maintain a facility in the city and are exempt from the business license. Measure D also applies to participants in Santa Clara County’s welfare-to-work programs by limiting the number of hours the participants would be required to work to the number of hours equal to the cash benefits divided by the minimum wage.   11.21.2012