2016 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/
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    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:
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