How can you become certified as a Living Wage Employer?

1. Determine which Living Wage Employer group you are in:

  • Living Wage Employers paying at least the Living Wage hourly rate to every eligible employee.
  • Living Wage Employers with tipped employees paying at least the Living Wage hourly rate to every eligible employee.
  • Living Wage Employers paying basic needs benefits that contribute to compensation equal to at least the Living Wage hourly rate for every eligible employee.  Basic needs include: housing, food, clothing, child care, and transportation.
  • Employers Aspiring to Pay a Living Wage who file an application every year making a commitment to work toward a living wage and summarizing progress.

To qualify as a Living Wage Employer you pay the Living Wage hourly rate to all full time and part time employees (or the equivalent of of that rate if basic needs benefits are considered).  The following employee categories are exceptions to the requirements:

  • apprenticeships,
  • government funded youth programs,
  • internships,
  • employees in probationary status (limited to six months),
  • temporary employees(limited to six months),
  • or employees working fewer than 35 hours a week who are under 18 years of age.

2.  Get the form for your Living Wage Employer Group and your Town: (for Amherst and “Other Towns,” these forms are coming soon):

3.  Send the completed and signed forms to:

LIVING WAGE WESTERN MASS
1500 Main Street
P.O. Box 15324
Springfield, MA 01115


or email them to:
kcallaghan@livingwagewesternmass.net


Questions? Email them to  kcallaghan@livingwagewesternmass.net

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