Half Moon Bay Proposed Local Minimum Wage Summary

The City of Half Moon Bay is considering a $15 per hour minimum wage by 2020:

  • The City Council made raising the minimum wage a priority in July 2019.

  • The City Council is considering establishing a $15 per hour minimum wage in Half Moon Bay on July 1, 2020. If implemented, all employees working within the geographic boundaries of Half Moon Bay would be subject to paying the local minimum wage for employees working two or more hours a week within the geographic in the City, including non-profit organizations.

  • Starting on January 1, 2020, the minimum wage in the State of California for all industries will be $13.00 per hour for businesses with more than 26 employees and $12.00 per hour for businesses with less than 25 employees. Recent State legislation was signed which will raise California’s minimum wage to $15.00 per hour by 2022. After January 1, 2023, future wage increases will be tied to inflation, reflecting increases in the Consumer Price Index, up to 3.5% per year.

  • The City would be following the model set by other cities in San Mateo County that have already enacted local minimum wage ordinances (San Mateo, Belmont, Redwood City, Daly City, South San Francisco and Menlo Park). All of these cities are set to reach at least a $15 local minimum wage between 2020-2021.

  • State, federal, and county agencies, including school districts, shall not be required to pay the local minimum wage when the work performed is related to their governmental function. The City is not considering any other exemptions at this time.

  • The City may consider a phased-in approach based on feedback received from our local business community. 

UPDATE: Staff will present research and outreach feedback to the City Council at the next Council Meeting on Tuesday, December 17 at 7:00pm at the Ted Adcock Community Center. 

Check back regularly for updated information. If you have any questions, please contact Victor Gaitan at 650-750-2010 or vgaitan@hmbcity.com