Our living wage rate is tied to the livable wage rate of Durham County and the City of Durham, which uses the Universal Living Wage methodology and is updated annually on July 1st. Below you will find the current and planned future rates. All members re-certify on the same two year schedule.
7/1/17 - 6/30/19 = $13.35/hour, $11.85 with health insurance benefits (current 2017 rate)
7/1/19 - 6/30/21 = $15.00/hour, $13.50 with health insurance benefits (future)
Our current wage rate is $13.35/hour for individuals without employer-provided health insurance, or $11.85/hour for employees with employer-provided health insurance (employees reimbursed for at least 50% of their cost of health insurance).
For tipped employees, when averaged out, wages plus tips must equal at least $13.35/ $11.85. Independent contractors, who are self-employed and receive a “1099,” must be paid at least $2/hour more than the current living wage rate, or at least $15.35.
An employer may pay less than a living wage to apprentices, temporary or project-based employees, and interns. An employer may also pay less than a living wage to a new hire in a probationary period not to exceed 90 days. All of these circumstances will require additional information and will be reviewed by our certification committee. In order to ensure accurate information from employers, we reserve the right to do random quarterly reviews by interviewing a percentage of their employees.
You can read more about the details of the program and definitions here: http://www.durhamlivingwage.org/definitions
Please fill out the following information to certify your business with the Durham Living Wage Project. If you have any questions, please contact Marta Perrupato at firstname.lastname@example.org.