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Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage in Sunnyvale

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Current Minimum Wage

Sunnyvale's current minimum wage is $13.00 per hour.

Minimum Wage Update to $15 by 2018

The Sunnyvale City Council adopted an ordinance to increase Sunnyvale's Minimum Wage Rate to $15.00 per hour by 2018. Beginning on January 1, 2019, the minimum wage will adjust annually based on the regional Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Effective Date Minimum Wage Rate
January 1, 2017 $13.00
January 1, 2018 $15.00
January 1, 2019 and each year after Regional CPI increase

What Does This Mean for Employers?

  • Employers must post the Minimum Wage Official Notice in the workplace, informing employees of the rate and their rights.
  • Employers must document all hours worked by employees and keep records for four years.
  • It is unlawful to discriminate or take adverse action against any person in retaliation for exercising their rights protected under the ordinance.
  • Employers must provide their name, business address and phone number in writing to employees at time of hire.

Minimum Wage Official Notices to be Posted in the Workplace

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  • Call 408-730-7902 or send an email to get all official documents and notices.

What Does This Mean for Employees?

  • Covered employees include anyone who performs two hours or more of work per week in Sunnyvale.
  • Covered employees are entitled to these rights regardless of immigration status.

If you believe you are not being paid correctly, contact your employer or the Office of Equality Assurance:

Office of Equality Assurance
200 E. Santa Clara St., Fifth Floor
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: 408-535-8430
Email: mywage@sanjoseca.gov

All services are free and confidential. Your employer cannot terminate you or discriminate against you in any other manner for filing a complaint with the Office of Equality Assurance.

Minimum Wage Questions and Answers

Q. What is the difference between the Federal, State and Sunnyvale minimum wage laws?
A. Sunnyvale employers are subject to Federal, State and City minimum wage laws. When there are conflicting requirements in the laws, the employer must follow the strictest standard – that is, the one that is most favorable to the employee. Since the City of Sunnyvale’s ordinance requires a higher minimum wage rate than the State and Federal laws, covered employers are required to pay the City minimum wage. As of January 1, 2016, Federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour; California minimum wage is $10.50 per hour; and the City of Sunnyvale's minimum wage is $13.00 per hour.


Q. Does the ordinance on the City minimum wage cover employees who work in Sunnyvale, but are not Sunnyvale residents?
A. Yes. Any person, who performs work for an employer that maintains a facility in Sunnyvale or is required to pay the Sunnyvale Business License fee, is entitled to be paid the City minimum wage rate.


Q. Does the City minimum wage apply to full-time and part-time employees?
A. Yes, the ordinance applies to any person working within the Sunnyvale city limits who performs at least two hours of work in any particular week.


Q. May employers use tips or fringe benefits (health insurance, vacation, sick leave) to pay the City minimum wage?
A. No. An employer may not use an employee’s tips or fringe benefits as a credit towards the employer’s obligation to pay the City minimum wage.


Q. Who do I contact for more information on the City minimum wage?
A. Call 408-730-7902 or send an email.

Last Updated: Aug 9, 2017
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