Local minimum wage ordinance

At its May 7, 2019, meeting, the City Council directed staff to advance the creation of a local minimum wage ordinance targeted for an effective date of January 1, 2020. On June 18, 2019, the City Council received draft ordinance language and a public engagement plan. Copies of both reports are available as related links.

In order to meet the January 1, 2020, effective date, the local minimum wage ordinance must be adopted no later than October 10, 2019.

Key elements of the ordinance


  • Minimum wage – Section 5.76.030 of the draft ordinance requires that all employers in Menlo Park pay a minimum of $15.00 per hour to employees working more than 2 hours per week beginning January 1, 2020 and may adjust annually in January thereafter.
  • Annual adjustments – The draft ordinance includes annual minimum wage adjustments equal to the increase, if any, in inflation (CPI-W) for the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward region.  
  • Applicability – Section 5.76.040 and 5.76.050 of the draft ordinance, as drafted, applies to all employers in Menlo Park, excluding federal, state, county and public school district employers, with no provision for a phased implementation based on the number of employees.
Important dates
Date, time and location Topic
August 22, 2019
6:30 p.m.
City Council Chambers
701 Laurel St.
Local Minimum Wage Community Meeting
(Se habla español)
  • Staff presentation
  • Public comment, community feedback
September 10, 2019
7 p.m.
City Council Chambers
701 Laurel St.  
City Council meeting - 1st reading
(Se habla español)
  • Staff presentation
  • Public comment
October 15, 2019
7 p.m.
City Council Chambers
701 Laurel St.

City Council meeting - 2nd reading and adoption
(Se habla español)
  • Public comment