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Housing and Community Services Department
Housing and Community Services Department

Workforce Standards and Enforcement

2180 Milvia Street, 2nd Floor
SubmitBerkeley, CA 94704
(510) 981-5405
FAX: (510) 981-5450
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The City of Berkeley's Labor Standards and Enforcement Programs consists of administering and enforcing the Living Wage Ordinance, the Minimum Wage Ordinance, Paid Sick Leave and the Berkeley Family Friendly and Environment Friendly Workplace Ordinance. City of Berkeley does not administer or enforce national or state labor standards such as unpaid overtime, break or lunch periods. Please see the links below for information related to the U.S. Department of Labor or the California Department of Industrial Relations labor standards that are not covered by Berkeley’s local labor standard ordinances.

• The Living Wage Ordinance (LWO) BMC Section13.27 requires payment of the living wage standard, an employer provided health benefit or cash in lieu and paid time off for employees of City contractors, lessees, recipients of City financial aid and their respective subcontractors, under certain criteria defined by the Ordinance.
• The Minimum Wage Ordinance (MWO) BMC Section 13.99 requires that all employees working at least two hours per week within the geographic limits of the City of Berkeley are paid at least he Berkeley minimum wage standard.

• The Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (PSL) BMC Section 13.100 requires that all employees earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. “Small Business” employers with fewer than 25 employees may cap an employee’s accrued paid sick leave at 48 hours and may cap the use of paid sick leave to 48 hours per year. Employers with 25 or more employees may cap an employee’s accrual of paid sick leave at 72 hours, but may not cap how much paid sick leave an employee uses in a calendar year.

• The Berkeley Family Friendly and Environment Friendly Ordinance (BFFEFWO) BMC Section 13.101 requires that an employee has the right to request a flexible or predictable work schedule and that the employer must respond in writing within 21 days to any request for a flexible or predictable work schedule.

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Other Labor Standard and Enforcement Links
• United States Department of Labor
• California Department of Industrial Relations
• California Bureau of Field Enforcement (BOFE)


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