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  •  Basics of Pasadena's Minimum Wage


    On July 1, 2016, the minimum wage increased for people who perform work in the city of Pasadena.

    The minimum wage will increase every year until 2018 when it will be $13.25 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees, and $12.00 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees. 

    All employers in Pasadena must pay the increased minimum wage with few exceptions.



    When does the minimum wage increase?



    The City’s minimum wage will increase on July 1, 2016, July 1, 2017, and July 1, 2018.

    Employers must pay their employees no less than the following hourly rates on the following effective dates.


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    In February 2019, the City Council will review a report summarizing the economic impact of the citywide minimum wage on reducing poverty, unemployment, job creation, and the overall business climate.  At that time the City Manager will request direction from the City Council regarding an amendment to increasing the citywide minimum wage according to the following schedule:

     1.            July 1, 2019, the hourly wage shall be $14.25
     2.            July 1, 2020, the hourly wage shall be $15.00

    Non-profit employers with 26 or more employees may qualify for a one year deferral from the July 1, 2016 start date.  To qualify, the non-profit with a valid 501(c)(3) status must provide satisfactory evidence of one of the following requirements:

    A.            The chief executive officer earns a salary which, when calculated on an hourly basis, is less than five times the lowest wage paid by the corporation, or
    B.            It is a Transitional Employer that has been certified by the City Manager, which provides transitional jobs for the long-term unemployed,
    C.            It serves as a child care provider; or
    D.            It is funded primarily by City, County, State or Federal grants or reimbursements.


    Who qualifies for the new minimum wage?



    Anyone who works at least two hours in a one week period within the city of Pasadena is entitled to the City minimum wage for those hours worked in the city.

    The employee’s employment status, where they live, or where a business is headquartered does not determine the minimum wage that applies.


    How do I know if work was done in the city of Pasadena? 



    To determine if work was done in the city of Pasadena click on this link to be directed to a Pasadena address search.  Please click here.  You can also call the City’s minimum wage enforcement staff at (626) 744-6831.

    What are the responsibilities of a business or non-profit under the City's minimum wage ordinance? 

    • Pay employees the minimum wage required by the City law for work performed in the City of Pasadena.
    • Given written notification to each current employee and to each new employee, at the time of hire, of the employees rights as provided by the minimum wage ordinance. The notice shall be in English and other languages as provided in any implementing regulations, and shall also be posted prominently in areas at the work site where it will be seen by all employees. You may obtain a copy of the minimum wage official notice at this link: http://www.cityofpasadena.net/planning/minimumwage/ 
    • Maintain accurate and complete payroll records for each employee for a period of three years. 



    What happens if a business or non-profit is contacted by the City's minimum wage enforcement staff? 

    The City works with employees and employers to ensure that violations of the City's minimum wage ordinance are identified, addressed, and remedied in a timely and effective manner.

    If the City receives a complaint about a business, we will contact the business to obtain information, check payroll records and conduct interviews which may include the business owner, managers, supervisors, and employees. City enforcement staff have the authority to issue citations and/or administrative compliance orders for violations of the minimum wage ordinance.

    Staff will discuss the investigation with the responsible party and allow an opportunity to respond to complaints and correct the situation if necessary.

    It is against the law to retaliate against an employee who:


    • Requests to be paid the mandated minimum wage
    • Files a complaint about a potential minimum wage violation
    • Informs other people about their rights or a potential violation 


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