Agenda Item #6A
February 2, 2016
January 29, 2016
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
Action: Bill 43-15, Contracts and Procurement -
Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee recommendation (3-0): enact Bill 43-15
with amendments to:
• remove the exemption in the living wage law for employees subject to a collective bargaining
• specify that the wage required to
a contractor's employees is based on gross pay;
• prohibit contractors for deducting amounts from an employee's paycheck for items necessary
for the employee to perfonn the functions of the job;
• allow the County to recover costs for performing an audit as a result of the enforcement
• require quarterly (as opposed to bi-weekly) submission of payroll records.
Bill 43-15, Contracts and Procurement - Wage Requirements - Amendments, sponsored by Lead
Sponsors Councilmembers EIrich and Navarro and Co-Sponsors then-Council President Leventhal
and Councilmember Riemer, was introduced on October 20,2015. A public hearing was held on
December 1, at which all speakers supported Bill 43-15 (see testimony on ©18-28). A
Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee worksession was held on January 21.
Bill 43-15 would require certain contractors or subcontractors to submit certain payroll records to
the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO); specify the remedies for a violation of the wage
requirements; and specify that a violation of the wage requirements law is a potential cause for
debarment or suspension.
Collective Bargaining Exemption
County Code §l1B-33A(d) requires each of the County's
contractors and subcontractors to pay an employee a specific living wage (currently $14.35/hr).