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File #: 180999.    Version: Name:
Type: Discussion Item Status: Passed
File created: 4/23/2019 In control: City Attorney
On agenda: 1/23/2020 Final action: 1/23/2020
Title: Living Wage Requirements for Contractors (B)
Attachments: 1. 180999A_Alachua County Code_20190620.pdf, 2. 180999B_Gainesville City Code_20190620.pdf, 3. 180999C_Staff Comparison of Codes_20190620.pdf, 4. 180999D_Staff Report Dated October 2017_20190620.pdf
Living Wage Requirements for Contractors (B)
At the June 6, 2019 City Commission meeting, at the request of Mayor Poe, the Commission discussed directing the City Attorney to prepare a draft ordinance regarding payment of living wages by contractors that would mirror Alachua County’s Code and place it on the June 20th meeting for discussion. The City Attorney advised that due to the short turnaround time, the City Attorney’s Office would place the County’s Code on the June 20th meeting for discussion by the City Commission.

At the June 20, 2019 City Commission meeting, the City Attorney provided the Commission with a copy of the current City and County Codes regarding living wage requirements for contractors, a staff prepared document that summarized and compared both Codes and a copy of a 2017 staff report on this topic. The Commission discussed the matter and directed the City Attorney draft an ordinance (for further discussion by the Commission, not first reading) that mirrors the minimum wage requirements in Alachua County’s Code with further revisions as follows: apply to all service contracts with the City regardless of dollar value; set the living wage as the wage paid to the lowest paid city employee plus $2.10 (if no health insurance is provided by the contractor); and apply the new requirements to contracts solicited by the City after October 1, 2019.

The City Attorney began work on a draft ordinance and circulated it for review and discussion by GRU and General Government staff, as well as the Equal Opportunity Office and the Auditors Office. Because of the magnitude of such a Code revision, in particular that it would apply to all services purchased by the City regardless of dollar value, City staff is engaged in examining the anticipated impacts (including specifically, how it may affect volume of bids received, cost increases and the administrative burdens/other effects it may have on small, women and minority-owned bus...

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