Minimum Compensation Ordinance

NEW: MCO Rates increased on July 1, 2021: MCO For-Profit Rate increased to $18.55 per hourMCO Non-Profit Rate increased to $17.34 per hour.  MCO Public Entity Rate increased to $18.00 per hour.  

Posted March 18, 2020 OLSE OLSE Guidance - MCO & The Coronavirus

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MCO Rules: OLSE released new PDF icon Rules Implementing the Minimum Compensation Ordinance on March 2, 2020.  The Rules took effect on July 1, 2020.

  • The new MCO Rules replace the PDF icon prior MCO Regulations, issued by the Office of Contract Administration in 2002.

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The Minimum Compensation Ordinance (MCO) covers most City service contractors as well as tenants at the San Francisco International Airport.  The law generally requires covered employers to provide to their covered employees:

1.  No less than the MCO hourly wage in effect;
2.  12 paid days off per year (or cash equivalent); and
3.  10 days off without pay per year.

MCO Rates Effective July2021

If you have questions about the San Francisco Minimum Compensation Ordinance or wish to report a violation of the law, call 415-554-7903 or email

 Statutory Authority


The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Minimum Compensation Ordinance in August 2000.

 For Employers


Know Your Rights - Employers must maintain copies signed by covered employee.​​

MCO Employee Notice - Must be displayed at each workplace.

​​PDF icon Subcontractor Information Form - This form must be filled out by the Prime Contractor, who is responsible for the SubContractor's Compliance.

Complete HCAO/MCO resource packets for download:​​​ 

​MCO Nonprofit Working Group: Report, Findings, & Recommendations

MCO Webinars 

 For Employees


MCO Complaint Form

 For City Departments


The following forms may be found on the City's Intranet:

  • MCO Form P-360 Exemption & Waiver
  • HCAO Form P-365 Exemption & Waiver

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