Working Families Ordinance

What is the Working Families Ordinanace?

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The ordinance requires contractors working on County construction projects for work performed by a combination of multiple trades over $1 million, or over $25,000 when all work is performed by an apprenticeable occupation, to adhere to the following requirements:

  • pay prevailing wages
  • utilize a skilled and trained workforce
  • provide paid sick leave

The ordinance requires County lessees to:

  • provide their employees with paid sick leave and require their sublessees to provide paid sick leave
  • pay prevailing wage, use a skilled-and-trained workforce, and provide paid sick leave for construction projects lessees perform on County property that are over $1 million
  • use a skilled-and-trained workforce for construction projects lessees perform on County property that are over $25,000 and all of the work is performed by an apprenticeable occupation

The ordinance does establish exemptions for certain contracts, projects, and leases on County-owned property. For example, exemptions include:

  • Housing projects already in process
  • Agreements with other government or public entities
  • Non-profit entities
  • Ancillary services that are performed less than 8 hours per week in a 12-month period
  • Small business with less than 20 employees per working day in 20 or more calendar weeks in a 12-month period
  • Projects with bargaining agreements


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To file a complaint, please contact the Office of Labor Standards & Enforcement (OLSE) at (619) 531-5129


Archive Resources:

BOS Minute Order from March 1

Impact of Working Families Ordinance Report

Staff Impact Report