The Cincinnati Municipal Code ordains a "living wage" for full-time City employees or for full and part-time employees of contractors and subcontractors providing or delivering services to the City of Cincinnati.
The living wage requirement applies only to service contracts with the City, defined as contracts let to a contractor by the City for the furnishing of services to or for the City that involves an expenditure equal to or greater than $20,000 (except contracts where services are incidental to the delivery of products, equipment or commodities).
Grants or other types of financial assistance provided to persons contractually or through various City development programs which do not involve the furnishing of services to or for the City are not considered service contracts.
Similarly, grants or other types of financial assistance provided to charitable or social service agencies contractually or through various City programs are not considered service contracts.
The living wage ordinance requires the City and every covered employer to pay covered employees a living wage. The amount of the living wage shall be adjusted upward annually, no later than April 30th, by a percentage equal to the percentage increase (if any) in the federal poverty guidelines published by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
The Small Business Division Office of Contract Compliance shall annually advise departments and contractors of any adjustment in the living wage no later than April 1st of each calendar year.
Current Wage Rates
Please call the City of Cincinnati Office of Contract Compliance at 513-352-3144.
A contractor or subcontractor must submit a signed and notarized Living Wage Affidavit of Compliance with all responses to requests for proposals, invitations to bid, contract amendments, and contract renewals requiring the living wage.
The contractor or subcontractor must submit all requests for a living wage waiver with the response to a request for proposal or invitation to bid. All waiver requests must be forwarded to the Contract Compliance Officer.
City Council reserves the right to waive the living wage requirements upon a finding and determination that a waiver is in the best interests of the City.
The contractor or subcontractor may request an exemption to the living wage requirement for an:
- Employee who is a trainee in a job training program. Job training programs acceptable to the City are those paid for by the employer and which provide training that results in a pre-defined employment outcome upon completion.
- Employee who is under 21 years of age.
- Individual employed by a non-profit corporation for after school or summer employment.
- Individual employed as a trainee for a period not longer than 90 days.
The contractor or subcontractor must submit all requests for a living wage exemption with the response to a request for proposal or invitation to bid. All exemption requests must be forwarded to the Contract Compliance Officer.
The contractor or subcontractor must provide written notification to each current and new employee working on living wage contracts or agreements. The Living Wage Employee Notification form must be signed by both the employee and the contractor or subcontractor. A copy of the form must be retained by contractors and subcontractors and be subject to audits and/or other forms of monitoring.