The Living Wage Ordinance requires a vendor to certify that it complies with the Living Wage Ordinance (LWO) as set by the Santa Monica Municipal Code (Chapter 4.65). The living wage ordinance sets a minimum wage for certain employees, and requires that vendors provide the same health care and other benefits to employees’ same sex spouses and domestic partners as are provided to other employees’ spouses. The LWO applies to contractors providing services to the City where services exceed $54,200. Vendors are required to submit the living wage form and abide by the law when the total amount earned through work with the City of Santa Monica reaches the $54,200 threshold.
The living wage is $19.73 per hour through June 30, 2024. The rate will be $19.73 per hour for July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024. The living wage will be adjusted annually each July 1 by an amount corresponding to the previous year’s change (January to January) in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The City will post the next year's new rate annually no later than May.