Local Minimum Wage Rates Take Effect January 1, 2020

Posted on November 21, 2019

In mid-2019, the Sonoma City Council completed a Minimum Wage Study process and adopted a local minimum wage ordinance, which became Chapter 2.80 of the Sonoma Municipal Code.

Sonoma’s local minimum wage is structured similarly to the State minimum wage, with different wage rates for large employers (26 or more employees) and small employers (25 or fewer employees) and a multi-year schedule of wage adjustments effective the first of each calendar year.

Effective January 1, 2020, Sonoma’s local minimum wage will be $13.50/hour for large employers and $12.50/hour for small employers. These rates are 50 cents/hour higher than the new State minimum wage rates that go into effect at that time.

A website page with the wage schedule along with employer requirements, frequently asked questions, and the Official Notice (poster) in English and Spanish available to download can be found at https://www.sonomacity.org/wages/.  Information about the Sonoma minimum wage will also be included, along with the posters in English and Spanish, in a mailing to all City of Sonoma Business License holders.

Every employer is required to post the Official Notice in a conspicuous place at any workplace or job site, and to give a copy to each current employee and to each new employee at time of hire.  The notification shall be provided in all languages spoken by more than 10 percent of the employer’s employees.

For questions regarding Sonoma’s minimum wage ordinance, contact the City Clerk.

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