Update More and More Cities are Enacting “Living Wage” Ordinances

September 7, 1999
Increasingly, employers must stay abreast of not only federal and state minimum wage requirements, but city and county requirements as well. More and more local jurisdictions are enacting so-called "living wage" ordinances, and 1999 is proving to be no exception. Typically, these ordinances apply to those companies contracting with or receiving financial assistance from a city or county. Some are tied to the poverty level, while others simply define a living wage. Often, different minimums are specified based upon whether or not health insurance benefits are provided.

Check to make certain that you know whether your area has adopted such a requirement. The following cities/counties have adopted living wage ordinances in 1999:

  • Somerville, Massachusetts
  • Miami-Dade County, Florida
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Hayward, California
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • Dane County, Wisconsin
  • Hudson County, New Jersey
  • Los Angeles County, California
  • Ypsilanti, Michigan

In addition to these newly enacted ordinances, the following jurisdictions previously have set living wage requirements:

  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • Gary, Indiana
  • San Jose, California
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Santa Clara County, California
  • Jersey City, New Jersey
  • New York City, New York
  • St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Los Angeles, California
  • New Haven, Connecticut
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Duluth, Minnesota
  • Durham, North Carolina
  • Oakland, California
  • Portland, Oregon
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Cook County, Illinois
  • Pasadena, California
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Multnomah County, Oregon
  • Detroit, Michigan

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