Novato Minimum Wage

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The State of California minimum wage is scheduled to increase each year until a minimum wage of $15 per hour is reached in 2023 for all employees.

The Novato City Council is considering an accelerated increase schedule until a minimum wage of $15 per hour is reached in 2022 for all employees in Novato. Once the minimum wage reaches $15 per hour, the rate will be adjusted based on CPI-W for the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area or its successor index which is published by the Department of Labor, or 3.5% whichever is less.

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The City Council is scheduled to introduce a draft ordinance at their meeting on September 24, 2019.


At the City Council meeting of January 15, 2019, Councilmember Eklund proposed an item, and received unanimous support, to conduct a work study session regarding accelerating the minimum wage increase citywide.

On July 23, 2019, the City Council discussed the proposed minimum wage acceleration in a work-study session. Staff was directed to return to the City Council with an ordinance, including several options for staff to consider.

On August 27, 2019, the City Council discussed a potential ordinance accelerating the State's of California scheduled minimum wage increase in Novato. At this meeting, the Council decided on the proposed accelerated schedule shown below. Introduction of the proposed ordinance was postponed to allow for additional time to collect feedback from the community on the draft ordinance and proposed acceleration schedule.


Implementation Date State Law
City of Novato

Very Large
(100+ employees)

Large Business
(26-99 employees) 
Small Business
(1-25 employees) 
January 1, 2019  $12.00  $11.00  $12.00  $12.00  $11.00 
January 1, 2020  $13.00  $12.00  $13.00  $13.00  $12.00 
July 1, 2020 ----  ----  $15.00  $14.00  $13.00 
January 1, 2021  $14.00  $13.00  CPI  $15.00  $14.00 
January 1, 2022  $15.00  $14.00  CPI  CPI  $15.00 
January 1, 2023 CPI  $15.00  CPI  CPI  CPI 
CPI Adjustment  US CPI-W (no more than 3.5%)  US CPI-W (no more than 3.5%)  San Francisco-Oakland-
San Jose
CPI-W (no more than 3.5%) 
San Francisco-Oakland-
San Jose
CPI-W (no more than 3.5%)  
San Francisco-Oakland-
San Jose
CPI-W (no more than 3.5%)  


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