Living Wage Ordinance Automatic Increases

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 10/15/2019


Shortly after convening at 9 a.m., the Board of Supervisors will hear a request from the County Administrator to consider approving a 3.0% cost-of-living increase for workers paid through the County's Living Wage Ordinance and schedule a merit hearing for 10:30 a.m. October 29. While the Living Wage Ordinance requires an automatic COLA increase based upon the October-to-October increase in the Bay Area Consumer Price Index (CPI), it also requires a recommendation from the County Administrator incorporating financial conditions. The wage rate was last increased on January 1, 2019, to $14.80 per hour without benefits or $13 including benefits. Staff is recommending an ordinance amendment to permit wage increases above the current $15/hour cap for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) providers, affording a recommended 3.0% increase effective January 1, 2020, to $15.25/hour unbenefited or $13.40/hour benefited. The amendment would allow for future wage increases for IHSS workers contingent on continued 65% state participation in non-federal costs.


The Board accepted the Living Wage Ordinance annual report, approved the 3% COLA increase, and conducted the first reading of an ordinance amending the County Code, and scheduled a merit hearing for 10:30 a.m. October 29.

Need more info? See the staff report about the proposed ordinance about the Living Wage Rate.

Contact: Dan Eilerman, Assistant County Administrator

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