Some Local Minimum Wage Increases to Take Effect July 1

Jul 5 2016 - Local Ordinances, Minimum Wage - HRWatchdog

Minimum Wage Hike Brings Many Changes for Employers

Although the next increase in the California minimum wage is still six months away, a number of local minimum wage hikes took effect on July 1, 2016.

Employers need to prepare for the minimum wage increase and examine other pay practices that might be affected by the increase.

The California Chamber of Commerce is providing resources to help employers comply with the minimum wage increase: short videowhite paper and infographic.

“California employers need to be aware of a number of changes to the minimum wage,” said Erika Frank, CalChamber vice president, legal affairs, and general counsel. “Many localities throughout California are passing their own minimum wage ordinances and employers must be familiar with those requirements and ensure full compliance.”

Local Ordinances

A number of other cities already have minimum wages that differ from the state minimum wage.

Following is a list of the cities (and one county) that increased the required minimum wage on July 1. Eligibility rules may vary from city to city:

  • El Cerrito: $11.60/hour.
  • Emeryville: $13/hour for businesses with 55 or fewer employees; $14.82/hour for businesses with 56 or more employees.
  • Los Angeles (city): $10.50/hour for employers with 26 or more employees; $15.37/hour for hotel workers. Increase delayed until 2017 for employers with 25 or fewer employees.
  • Los Angeles County: $10.50/hour for employers with 26 or more employees. Increase delayed until 2017 for employers of 25 or fewer employees.
  • Pasadena: $10.50/hour for employers with 26 or more employees. Increase delayed for employers of 25 or fewer employees.
  • San Diego: $10.50/hour (effective July 11 or July 18, whenever election results are certified]).
  • San Francisco: $13/hour.
  • Santa Monica: $10.50/hour for employers with 26 or more employees; $13.25/hour for hotel workers. Increase delayed to 2017 for employers with 25 or fewer employees.
  • Sunnyvale: $11/hour.

Many of these local ordinances contain notice requirements. Members can use the Local Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Ordinances chart on HRCalifornia to determine which requirements apply. Nonmembers can sign up for a free 15-day trial of HRCalifornia.

The CalChamber Store offers posters that are in compliance with the Los Angeles City ordinance, the Los Angeles County ordinance, and the San Francisco ordinance.

For more information including overtime and classifying employees, view CalChamber’s Top Story.

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