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File #: 22-368    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 4/29/2022 Departments: COUNTY EXECUTIVE
On agenda: 5/17/2022 Final action: 5/17/2022
Title: Adopt an ordinance amending and restating Chapter 2.88 of Title 2 of the San Mateo County Ordinance Code to enact a permanent Living Wage Ordinance, and waive the reading of the ordinance in its entirety.
Attachments: 1. 20220503_o_Living Wage Ordinance.docx.pdf
Special Notice / Hearing: County Ordinance Code Sec. 2.88.080
Vote Required: Majority

To: Honorable Board of Supervisors
From: Michael P. Callagy, County Executive
Subject: Ordinance Amending and Restating Chapter 2.88 of Title 2 of the San Mateo County Ordinance Code to Enact a Permanent Living Wage Ordinance

RECOMMENDATION:
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Adopt an ordinance amending and restating Chapter 2.88 of Title 2 of the San Mateo County Ordinance Code to enact a permanent Living Wage Ordinance, and waive the reading of the ordinance in its entirety.

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BACKGROUND:
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A. Adoption of the Pilot LWO

Living Wage Ordinances ("LWOs") are designed to help ensure that employers contracting or entering into certain types of business arrangements with local government entities pay their employees, who perform significant work on such government agency contracts, a wage that allows those employees to support themselves while remaining above the poverty level. LWOs were introduced because the federal and state minimum wage rates are often insufficient to sustain contractors' employees performing such significant work for government agencies.

In December 2015, the Board conducted a study session on LWOs and appointed Supervisors Carole Groom and Dave Pine to a LWO Subcommittee. To research living wage impacts and options, the LWO Subcommittee convened a work group that included 12 non-profit County contractors, one for-profit contractor, and a representative of the San Mateo Labor Council. The work group met six times, and additional meetings were held with the Labor Council and three-non-profit organizations. Based on input from these meetings, the LWO Subcommittee recommended adoption of a five-year living wage pilot program.

On November 1, 2016, the Board adopted the pilot LWO, which took effect January 1, 2017.

Following the initial adoption of the pilot LWO, the County Executive's Office and the County Attorney identified certain changes that woul...

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