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California Enacts $15 Minimum Wage Rate
Apr 12, 2016

 

California Enacts $15 Minimum Wage Rate 

On April 4, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that will increase California’s minimum wage rate to $15 per hour by 2022. The minimum wage increase will be phased in over several years in separate schedules for employers, depending on the employer’s workforce size. The law also extends paid sick leave for certain employees.

Applicability

The minimum wage rate increase applies to employers across all industries. However, different implementation schedules apply depending on the employer’s workforce size.

For this purpose, an “employer” includes anyone who directly or indirectly (or through an agent or any other person) employs or exercises control over the wages, hours or working conditions of another person. This includes individuals and organizations in both the public and private sectors.

Minimum Wage Rate Schedule

Minimum Wage Rate

Effective Date

26 or more employees

25 or fewer employees

$10.50 per hour

N/A

Jan. 1, 2017

$11 per hour

$10.50 per hour

Jan. 1, 2018

$12 per hour

$11 per hour

Jan. 1, 2019

$13 per hour

$12 per hour

Jan. 1, 2020

$14 per hour

$13 per hour

Jan. 1, 2021

$15 per hour

$14 per hour

Jan. 1, 2022

Adjustment for inflation

$15 per hour

Jan. 1, 2023

Adjustment for inflation

Adjustment for inflation

Jan. 1, 2024

After the rates described above are implemented, the state will adjust the minimum wage rate annually to reflect the rising cost of inflation.

Implementation

The law allows the governor to temporarily suspend the minimum wage rate increase schedule if the state’s economic condition does not support an increase. Under a temporary suspension, the implementation schedule would be delayed by one year. However, the governor may not implement a temporary suspension more than twice.

More Information

Please contact Tanner, Ballew and Maloof, Inc. for more information on this new law, including provisions related to extended paid sick leave for certain employees.