Everyone is required to stay home, except for essential needs. When out, protect yourself and those around you by wearing a face covering, staying 6 feet away from others, and washing your hands often. Learn more at cityofberkeley.info/covid19. City offices are closed to the public. Some services are available remotely.

The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

City Council Live Stream: Please visit https://www.cityofberkeley.info/CalendarEventWebcastMain.aspx

ZAB Live Stream: Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx.

The City of Berkeley web site is undergoing scheduled maintenance starting on Friday night, September 13 and ending on Saturday afternoon, September 14. During this time, most web pages should be available, but some resources may become unavailable for short periods of time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 2/28/19, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM? Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same date and time.

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Workforce Standards and Enforcement

Hazard Pay for Grocery Workers Ordinance

On February 23, 2021, the Berkeley City Council enacted the Hazard Pay for Grocery Workers Ordinance, which guarantees Hazard Pay in the amount of $5 per hour to grocery workers in Berkeley, effective immediately. The Ordinance applies to Berkeley grocery workers employed by entities that employ 300 or more grocery store workers in California. The Hazard Pay requirement remained in effect for 120 days (until June 23, 2021).

Employers who already voluntarily provided additional compensation equivalent to Hazard Pay may use the hourly rate of that additional compensation to offset the amount due under the Ordinance (e.g., an employer who is already paying $2 per hour above baseline compensation owes an additional $3 per hour in Hazard Pay. 

This ordinance is enforced by a private right of action (not enforced by the City of Berkeley), and it sets forth various remedies related to that private right of action. The Ordinance also prohibits retaliation against a Grocery Worker who seeks to enforce their rights or the rights of others under the Ordinance. For legal advice about your rights, please contact an attorney.

Coronavirus Resources

Information regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act took effect on April 1, 2020. This law provides emergency paid sick leave and expanded medical leave to eligible employees. The emergency paid sick leave must be provided to all eligible employees in addition to other paid sick leave or paid time off accruals the employee has earned.

For guidance from the State of California’s Department of Industrial Relations and allowed leaves from work as it relates to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), please see information from the Labor Commissioner’s Office linked here: CA Labor Commissioner's Guidance.

If an employer temporarily shuts down or reduces hours for employees due to COVID-19, employees may be eligible to file for unemployment through the state’s Employment Development Department (EDD). Guidance from the EDD for disability insurance and unemployment insurance as it relates to COVID-19 can be found here: EDD Guidance.

The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered residents to shelter in place, leaving only for essential needs. Most City facilities are closed to the public. Read the latest changes to City services and COVID-19 information from Berkeley Public Health.

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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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