California Minimum Wage to Increase January 1, 2020

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- from SMWB Alert! Sweeney  Mason Wilson Bosomworth, A Law Corporation

The California Department of Industrial Relations has issued the following reminder:

California's minimum wage will increase on Januay 1, 2020 to $13 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees and $12 for employers with 25 or fewer employees.



Minimum Wage for Employers with 26 or More Employees

Minimum Wage for Employers with 25 or Fewer Employees

 January 1, 2020



 January 1, 2021



 January 1, 2022



 January 1, 2023



California is the first state in the nation to commit to raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour statewide by 2022 for large businesses, and by 2023 for small businesses. The 2016 law increases the minimum wage over time consistent with economic expansion, while providing safety valves to pause wage hikes if negative economic or budgetary conditions emerge.

State law requires that most California workers be paid the minimum wage. Some cities and counties have a local minimum wage that is higher than the state rate.   

Employers must post information on wages, hours and working conditions at a worksite area accessible to employees. Notices for the wage orders in English and Spanish can be downloaded and printed from the workplace postings page on the DIR website.

Roger M. Mason is a shareholder with Sweeney, Mason, Wilson & Bosomworth, Los Gatos, California.  Since 1982, Roger has focused on labor and employment law, both transactional and litigation.  He advises and represents businesses in multiple aspects of employment and labor law, successfully resolving individual and class action claims through mediations, arbitrations and trials. He can be reached at (408) 356-3000 or Rachael Brown assists her clients in a variety of matters, focusing primarily on employment representation and advice.  She can be reached at (408) 356-3000 or