HR Management & Compliance

Living Wage: Santa Cruz Adopts Nation’s Highest Minimum Wage

The Santa Cruz City Council has voted unanimously to adopt a minimum wage of $11 per hour with benefits or $12 without benefits. The living wage ordinance—the highest in the nation—would initially cover only full-time employees of the city and for-profit employers with city contracts. City officials hope to eventually extend the minimum wage to temporary workers employed by the city and city-funded social service agencies. The ordinance is scheduled to take effect on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23. In addition to Santa Cruz, other California cities with living wage laws include Santa Monica, San Francisco and Berkeley.

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