SANTA FE, NM - In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Santa Fe County offices will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2020. County offices will resume regular hours on Tuesday, January 21. Solid Waste Collection Centers are closed on Monday and Tuesday as part of their regular schedule. Collection Centers will resume regular hours on Wednesday, January 22. Essential services provided by Public Safety will continue as usual.
The County Living Wage will increase to $11.80 on March 1, 2019, based on last year’s increase of CPI for western region Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers.
Tipped wages will also increase to $3.53, also effective March 1, 2019.
On February 25, 2014, the Board of County Commissioners passed Ordinance #2014-1 so “…that citizens can better support and care for their families through their own efforts.”
On May 27, 2014 the Board of County Commissioners passed Ordinance 2014-5, amending section 5.B ( tipped employees provision)
*The Ordinance adopted was the English version, the Spanish translation is provided as a courtesy and its accuracy is not certified.
Employers are required to post, in a prominent location next to its business license, a notice of compliance with Living Wage Ordinance in both English and Spanish.
File A Complaint (Three Ways to File a Complaint)
If you believe you are not being paid the minimum wage required by this Ordinance or that your employer is in violation of this Ordinance, please use one these three ways to file an official complaint.
Prohibits Retaliation Against an Employee
It shall be unlawful for any employer or employer’s agent or representative to discharge, demote, deny promotion to or in any way discriminate against an employee in the terms or conditions of employment in retaliation for the person asserting a claim or right pursuant to this Ordinance or assisting another person to do so.
Violations, Penalties and Enforcement
A person violating the Living Wage Ordinance shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, may be punished in accordance with NMSA 1978, Section 4-37-3 (1975), as amended. This Ordinance may be enforced by a duly authorized code enforcement officer. Violations of this Ordinance shall be investigated and prosecuted consistent with the process established in the Sustainable Land Development Code. A complaint form for use in reporting violations of this Ordinance is available on the County’s webpage.
Employers and Types of Employees Exempt from the Living Wage
Note: With respect to the exemptions to the County’s Living Wage Ordinance listed above, the federal minimum wage requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act remain applicable.