Local minimum wage ordinance

What employers need to know

The State of California enacted a minimum wage that will reach $15 per hour for all employees by January 1, 2023. The City Council approved a new local minimum wage ordinance on September 24, 2019, after prioritizing the issue in 2018 and 2019 to help assist low wage earners with the high cost of living in Menlo Park. The City’s approach seeks to move quicker than the State’s minimum wage, reaching $15 by 2020.

On January 1, 2020, the local minimum wage of $15.00 per hour goes into effect in Menlo Park. The local minimum wage ordinance provides for annual inflation adjustments in January of each year, capped at 3%. On January 1, 2021, the City’s local minimum wage will adjust for inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index for the area.

This new law applies to all employers within the geographic boundaries of incorporated Menlo Park and any employee working at least two or more hours per week. Employers located in unincorporated Menlo Park are not subject to the ordinance.

Employers are responsible to post the City-provided Notice to Employees (available in English and Spanish) in a visible place for employees to review the current rate and understand their rights. It is unlawful for an employer or any other party to discriminate in any manner or take adverse action against any person in retaliation for exercising their rights.

The City is responsible for conducting all investigations of any possible violations by an employer or other person. The City has the authority to inspect workplaces, interview people, and request the City Attorney to subpoena books, papers, records, or other items relevant to the enforcement of the minimum wage.



What employees need to know


Starting January 1, 2020, all businesses operating within the geographic boundaries of incorporated Menlo Park will be required to pay a minimum wage of $15.00 per hour for all employees working two or more hours per week.

As an employee, the City’s ordinance outlines your rights under the new law, including, but not limited to:
  • The right to file a complaint and inform the City about any business not complying with the City’s local minimum wage regulations
  • The right to inform any employee of their potential rights and assist them reporting a business not complying with the City’s local minimum wage regulations.
To report a suspected violation, please contact the City Manager's Office. Any complaints received by the City are considered confidential to the maximum extent permitted by law; this includes the name or any other identifying information of the employee or person reporting the violation.