Local minimum wage ordinance

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Local minimum wage increases to $16.20 for 2023

On January 1, 2023, the local minimum wage in Menlo Park will increase by $0.45 to $16.20 per hour. The $0.45 per hour increase reflects the maximum allowed inflation adjustment of 3% or $0.45 per hour. Absent the inflation cap of 3% set by the municipal code, the actual inflation adjustment would have been 5.7% for the San Francisco area as measured from August 2021 to August 2022 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. City staff summarized changes to the local minimum wage in Staff Report No. 22-189-CC presented October 11, 2021, to the City Council. The official notice to employees is available for download by December 1 each year.

What employers need to know

The City Council adopted Ordinance No. 1058 on September 24, 2019, to establish a local minimum of $15.00 per hour effective January 1, 2020. Section 5.76.030 of the local minimum wage law provides annual inflation protection adjustments in January of each year, capped at 3%, using the Consumer Price Index for the San Francisco area. The January 1, 2023, inflation protection adjustment increases the local minimum wage from $15.75 to $16.20 per hour.

The local minimum wage law applies to all employers within the geographic boundaries of incorporated Menlo Park and any employee working at least two or more hours per week. Employers located in unincorporated Menlo Park are not subject to the ordinance.

Employers are responsible for posting the city-provided official notice to employees(PDF, 306KB) in a visible place for employees to review the current rate and understand their rights. It is unlawful for an employer or any other party to discriminate in any manner or take adverse action against any person in retaliation for exercising their rights.

The City is responsible for conducting all investigations of any possible violations by an employer or other person. The City has the authority to inspect workplaces, interview people, and request the City Attorney to subpoena books, papers, records, or other items relevant to the local minimum wage enforcement.

What employees need to know

As of January 1, 2020, all businesses operating within the geographic boundaries of incorporated Menlo Park were required to pay a minimum wage of $15.00 per hour for all employees working two or more hours per week.

As of January 1, 2021, all businesses operating within the geographic boundaries of incorporated Menlo Park were required to pay a minimum wage of $15.25 per hour for all employees working two or more hours per week.

As of January 1, 2022, all businesses operating within the geographic boundaries of incorporated Menlo Park were required to pay a minimum wage of $15.75 per hour for all employees working two or more hours per week.

Starting January 1, 2023, all businesses operating within the geographic boundaries of incorporated Menlo Park must pay a minimum wage of $16.20 per hour for all employees working two or more hours per week.

As an employee, the City’s ordinance outlines your rights under the new law, including, but not limited to:

  • The right to file a complaint and inform the City about any business not complying with the City’s local minimum wage regulations
  • The right to inform any employee of their potential rights and assist them in reporting a business not complying with the City’s local minimum wage regulations.

Report suspected violations

To report a suspected violation, please contact Assistant to the City Manager/City Clerk Judi Herren. Any complaints received by the City are considered confidential to the maximum extent permitted by law; this includes the name or any other identifying information of the employee or person reporting the violation.