Living Wage Ordinance

Matthew H. Hymel, County Administrator

Chapter 2.50 of the Marin County Code was established in 2002 in recognition that an employers’ failure to pay a living wage to its employees may cause individuals to use County services for relief, thereby placing a burden on the County’s limited resources since the County of Marin is the principal provider of social and health services within the County. To alleviate the strain on County services and to help promote an acceptable living standard for working residents, the Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance instituting a living wage policy.

Effective January 1, 2021, this policy requires County contractors and subcontractors to provide the following to their employees: (1) wages of at least $13.55 per hour with health benefits; or (2) the payment of at least $15.40 per hour if no health benefits are provided. The Ordinance applies to a contractor or subcontractor only if it has in excess of $25,000 in cumulative annual business with a County department or departments.

These rates may be adjusted annually to reflect the increase in the Consumer Price Index during the preceding year for all urban consumers in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose area as published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. New, continued, extended or otherwise amended contracts are required to incorporate the living wage in effect at the time of the contract change.