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Redwood City's minimum wage to increase to $17 starting Jan. 1

The minimum wage increase will apply to all businesses that operate within the city’s geographic boundaries
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Beginning on Jan. 1, 2023, Redwood City's minimum wage will be increasing from $16.20 to $17.

The new minimum wage will apply to all businesses that operate within the geographic boundaries of Redwood City, as well as to employees that work a minimum of two hours per week, according to the city. 

In April 2018, the city council approved of an ordinance that would incrementally increase Redwood City's local minimum wage on an annual basis in order to assist low wage workers with the high cost of living.

The council's aim was to move faster than California's minimum wage, which is set to increase to $15 in the new year. Each year since 2020, the minimum wage in Redwood City has been increasing based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI). 

On Oct. 2, the council approved numerous policy amendments to the minimum wage ordinance, which included setting a cap of 5% on annual minimum wage increases, implementing a catch-up provision that would allow for wages in later years to realign with inflation, as well as rounding the wage to the nearest five cents.

Starting Jan. 1, any employees who believe their respective businesses are not complying with the local minimum wage regulations can file a complaint with the city.

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