§ 17-1305.  Compensation Required to be Paid to Employees. 127
   Except as otherwise provided in this Chapter, an Employer subject to this Chapter shall provide its covered Employees the following minimum compensation:
   (1)   Minimum Wage Standard. 128 The Employer shall pay each Employee an hourly wage, excluding benefits, equal to:
      (a)   Between January 1, 2019 and June 30, 2019, twelve dollars and forty cents ($12.40);
      (b)   Between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020, thirteen dollars and twenty-five cents ($13.25);
      (c)   Between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, thirteen dollars and seventy-five cents ($13.75);
      (d)   Between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022, fourteen dollars and twenty-five cents ($14.25);
      (e)   Between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023, fifteen dollars ($15); and
      (f)   Starting July 1, 2023, and thereafter, fifteen dollars ($15) multiplied by the CPI Multiplier, provided that the minimum wage shall not be less than the previous year's minimum wage. The CPI Multiplier shall be calculated annually by the Director of Finance, for wages to be provided on and after July 1 of each year, by dividing the most recently published Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U) All Items Index, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by the most recently published CPI-U as of July 1, 2022.
   (2)   Minimum Benefits Standard. To the extent the employer provides health benefits to any of its employees, the Employer shall provide each full-time, non-temporary, non-seasonal covered Employee health benefits at least as valuable as the least valuable health benefits that are provided to any other full-time employees of the Employer. The Employer shall also provide to each covered Employee sick leave benefits at the accrual rate set forth in, and pursuant to the terms of, Code Chapter 9-4100 ("Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces"), except that subsections 9-4104(1)(a) and (b) shall not apply. 129
   (3)   Additional compensation permissible. Nothing in this Chapter shall be construed to limit an employer's discretion to provide greater wages or benefits to its employees.

 

Notes

127
   Amended, Bill No. 080021 (approved April 28, 2008), effective July 1, 2009.
128
   Amended and subsection (1)(b) added, Bill No. 140488 (approved July 30, 2014), effective January 1, 2015; amended, Bill No. 160278 (approved June 28, 2016); amended, Bill No. 180846 (approved December 20, 2018). Section 3 of Bill No. 180846 provides: "This Ordinance shall be effective 120 days after it becomes law, and shall apply to all contracts, contract amendments and contract renewals entered into, and financial aid provided, thereafter, regardless whether a request for proposals or invitation to bid was issued before or after the effective date. The escalating wage requirements set forth in this Ordinance, including adjustments based on a CPI multiplier, shall apply to any such contract, contract amendment or contract renewal on the respective dates provided for in this Ordinance during the course of the contract only with respect to contracts of longer than one year. During the course of a contract, amendment or renewal with a term of a year or less, the wage rate at the time the contract, amendment or renewal is effective shall remain the wage rate for the duration of such contract, amendment or renewal with a term of one year or less; any escalation of the wage rate shall apply if such term is extended by a contract amendment or renewal, but shall apply only to work performed during such extended period. For purposes of this Section 3, the term "contract" includes any contract, lease, license, concession agreement, franchise agreement or agreement for financial aid." Prior to the enactment of Bill No. 180846, subsection (1) read:
   (1) Minimum Wage Standard. The Employer shall pay each Employee an hourly wage, excluding benefits, equal to at least the higher of:
      (a) 150% of the federal minimum wage or
      (b) $12.00 multiplied by the CPI Multiplier, provided that the minimum wage shall not be less than the previous year's minimum wage. The CPI Multiplier shall be calculated annually by the Director of Finance, for wages to be provided on and after January 1 of each year by dividing the most recently published Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U) All Items Index, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by the most recently published CPI-U as of January 1, 2015.
129
   Amended, Bill No. 110557 (became law October 27, 2011), effective July 1, 2012; amended, Bill No. 160364 (approved June 28, 2016).