Living Wage Ordinance

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Printable Summary Ordinance 2.95 Affidavit FAQ's

Eau Claire County passed a Living Wage Ordinance effective January 1, 2017.                                                          

The Living Wage Ordinance requires that certain contractors, subcontractors, lessees, concessionaires, and recipients of economic development assistance doing business with Eau Claire County shall be subject to pay their employees that perform a service for Eau Claire County a “living” wage. The Eau Claire County living wage is a minimum hourly wage rate equal to a percentage of the poverty income level set forth annually by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a family of four.  100% in 2017, 103.75% in 2018, 107.5% in 2019, 111.25% in 2020 and 115% in 2021. The rate per hour for 2017 is $11.68.

Contracts that are covered by the Living Wage Ordinance include:

  1. All service contracts as defined in 2.95.005 A., involving an amount greater than or equal to $30,000, which includes: Housekeeping, Security, Landscaping, Maintenance, Clerical Services, Food Services, Other non-professional services.
  2. Personal care or supportive home care provided to persons with disabilities or the frail elderly by a preferred provider that exclusively contracts with Eau Claire County to provide personal care and supportive home care involving an amount greater than or equal to $30,000.
  3. Concessions involving an amount greater than or equal to $30,000.

Contracts that are excluded 

  1. Contracts with companies doing business with the County that employ 20 or less employees.
  2. Professional service contracts.
  3. Purchase of goods or commodities or its delivery.
  4. Equipment leases and maintenance.
  5. Contracts with any school district, municipality, or any other governmental unit. (e.g. Chippewa Valley Regional Airport and the Eau Claire City-County Health Department).
  6. Contracts in which state or federal funder has a prevailing wage requirement.

The Living Wage Ordinance does not apply to employees who are not performing services for the County.

Employers under the Living Wage Ordinance must submit a notarized affidavit certifying that it will comply with the requirements of the Living Wage Ordinance as a matter of responsiveness to the bid, RFP or request for qualifications to do business with Eau Claire County. The County reserves the right to inspect any payroll records of any covered employer.

Professional services are not included in the Living Wage Ordinance. Professional services shall typically include services customarily rendered by architects, engineers, surveyors, real estate appraisers, certified public accountants, attorneys, financial personnel, medical services, system planning, management and other consultants and services for promotional programs.

Living Wage Ordinance Reports
2nd Quarter - 2017
3rd Quarter - 2017