New Employer Notices and Increased Minimum Wage for 2016 in California

Give-me-a-raiseIn continuing the increase the minimum wage at a steady pace, California will increase the minimum wage again to $10.00 per hour on January 1, 2016.

However, certain cities and counties will have higher minimum wages.  For example, As of July 1, 2016, the minimum wage in the City of Los Angeles will increase to $10.50 per hour, with annual increases from up to $12 (2017), $13.25 (2018), $14.25 (2019) and $15 per hour by 2020.

The minimum wage in San Francisco will increase to $13 per hour on July 1, 2o16, and will increase by a dollar per year thereafter.  San Diego will hike its minimum wage to $11.50 by 2017, a measure it passed last August despite a veto from the city’s mayor.

With the new laws, California requires that employers update their mandated employment notice, even if they have only one employee. Employers are required to post two (2) notices to their employees:

  1.  A poster containing State and Federal Labor Law Information, available for purchase here; and
  2. An industry-specific wage order, available for free.

Employers must display a poster in each business location where employees can easily see it and read it (i.e. break room or kitchen). You’ll need both English and Spanish poster versions if you have Spanish-speaking employees.California-State-Capitol1

Employers must determine which of the 17 wage orders apply to their business, and find the corresponding wage order here. Employers may display the wage order pdfs (in both English and Spanish) next to your poster. Don’t forget to fill in your particular details regarding payday, workers’ compensation, paid disability, emergency contacts, and access to medical/exposure records.

Employers must also fill in the following information on their posters:

  • PayDay Notice: Enter the day and frequency of payment.
  • Workers’ Compensation: Enter the name of your insurance carrier, and the ID number.
  • Paid Disability Leave: Fill in information for person to contact regarding eligibility for leave.
  • Emergency Information: Fill in pertinent emergency information including ambulance, hospital, fire-rescue info, physician, police, and CAL/OSHA contact.
  • Access to Medical and Exposure Records By CAL/OSHA Regulation: Fill in from whom you can obtain the files from and where the files are located.

The 2016 Required California and Federal Employment Notices Include the Following:

  • California Minimum Wage
  • Federal Minimum Wage
  • Your Rights Under USERRA
  • Safety and Health Protection on the Job (Cal/OSHA)
  • Notice to Employees-Injuries Caused by Work (Division of Workers’ Compensation)
  • California Law Prohibits Workplace Discrimination and Harassment (DFEH)
  • Your Rights and Obligations as a Pregnant Employee
  • Family Care and Medical Leave (CFRA Leave) and Pregnancy Disability Leave
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities Under the Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Equal Employment Opportunity is THE LAW
  • Notice to Employees (EDD: UI, DI and PFL)
  • Whistleblowers Are Protected
  • Time Off to Vote
  • Employee Polygraph Protection Act
  • Emergency Contacts
  • Payday Notice
  • Healthy Workplaces/Healthy Families Act of 2014 – Paid Sick Leave


About The Grady Firm

To schedule a complimentary 15-minute consultation with The Grady Firm’s employment attorneys, call (323) 450-9010, or fill out a Contact Request Form.  The Grady Firm’s employment law department can update your business’ company policies/Employee Handbook, create new policies, prepare employment forms, and explain the detailed nuances of California employment and wage and hour law.  


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