In November 2015, Tacoma voters approved a $12.00 per hour city minimum wage phased in over two years. In accordance with the Tacoma Minimum Wage ordinance, the minimum wage for employees working in the City of Tacoma will increase to $11.15 per hour effective January 1, 2017 and $12.00 per hour effective January 1, 2018.
Departments that have employees physically located in the city of Tacoma must ensure they are paid in accordance with the Tacoma Minimum Wage ordinance. Departments are to monitor their current employees to determine if the work location and pay rate are correct and make necessary adjustments.
The voter-approved initiative provides the following schedule for increases:
- $10.35 per hour on February 1, 2016
- $11.15 per hour on January 1, 2017
- $12.00 per hour on January 1, 2018
- Adjusted annually by the rate of inflation beginning January 1, 2019.
HRS will monitor employees’ hourly rates to ensure their pay complies with the changing minimum wage. However, departments must be aware of the minimum wage increase as it applies to employees who work in Tacoma.
Employees are covered by the ordinance for all time spent working within the geographic boundaries of Tacoma. An employee who performs work in Tacoma on an occasional basis is covered by the ordinance in a two-week period only if the employee performs more than two hours of work for an employer within Tacoma during that two-week period. Time spent in Tacoma solely for the purpose of traveling through Tacoma or attending a training/conference is not covered by the ordinance.