2017 Living Wage Certification for Durham
Our living wage rate is tied to the livable wage rate of Durham County and the City of Durham, which is updated annually on July 1st. Durham Living Wage Project certification is on a two-year cycle. Below you will find the current and planned future rates. All members re-certify on the same two year schedule.

1/1/16 - 6/30/17 = $12.53/hour, $11.03 with health insurance benefits
7/1/17 - 6/30/19 = $13.35/hour, $11.85 with health insurance benefits
7/1/19 - 6/30/21 = $15.00/hour, $13.50 with health insurance benefits

Our current wage rate, which holds until June 30, 2017, is $12.53/hour for individuals without employer-provided health insurance, or $11.03/hour for employees with employer-provided health insurance (or 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 $12.53 / $11.03. 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 $14.53

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.

While we aspire to expand this project to other communities, we are currently limiting living wage certification to Durham-based employers or businesses with a location within Durham County. Certification criteria apply to all Durham-based employees.

Please read through the details of the program and definitions before applying: http://www.durhamlivingwage.org/definitions

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ELIGIBILITY QUESTIONS
View definitions of types of employees: http://durhamlivingwage.org/definitions/
How many regular FULL TIME employees do you have?
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How many regular PART TIME employees do you have?
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What number of the employees listed above are interns?
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What number of the employees listed above are apprentices?
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What number of the employees listed above are temporary or project-based employees?
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What number of the employees listed above are new hires in a probationary period?
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Are all current regular full- and part-time employees paid at least $12.53/hr (for tipped employees, wages plus tips must equal $12.53/hour)? If you hire independent contractors that you pay on an hourly basis, do you pay them at least $2/hour over the living wage rate?
If yes to both, you qualify for the 2015 Durham Living Wage Certification Program. If no, please answer the next set of questions about health benefits.
If you did not answer 'yes' to the previous question, please consider the next 3 questions together to see if you can still qualify:
If you answered yes to all of the above, you qualify for the 2015 Durham Living Wage Certification Program
Wage Impact and Diversity
The Durham Living Wage Project exists to promote a just economy where workers are paid fairly, employers are successful, and our community thrives. As part of its work, the DLWP seeks to document how living wage certification impacts wage levels and equal employment opportunities. To the best of your ability, please answer the questions below:
Did you increase wages to any employee to meet our criteria?
If you increased wages, please list the amount of pay raise for each employee and the average hours they work per week.
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Did you increase health insurance benefits to meet our criteria?
If yes, what is the number of employees with health insurance benefits added?
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Do you offer paid sick time?
Do you offer family medical leave?
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Please state, to the best of your ability, the number of employees that fall into each of these categories. We recommend that you give your employees the opportunity to self-identify their gender and race/ethnicity.
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