Ten cities and counties across California increased their minimum wages again on July 1, 2018, including the following:
- El Cerrito
- City of Los Angeles
- County of Los Angeles (unincorporated areas)
- San Francisco City and County
- San Leandro; and
- Santa Monica.
Employers should examine the rules for every jurisdiction in which they operate, not just the one or more where they might have offices. As different municipalities have different definitions of “covered employer” and/or “covered employee,” employers may be faced with different rules for the various jurisdictions in which they do business. When there are conflicting requirements in the laws, the employer must follow the stricter standard – the one that is the most generous to the employee.
For example, a delivery company with drivers routinely working in multiple cities or counties each week may well have separate minimum wage compliance issues simultaneously. For some cities, these rates apply when an employee works just two or more hours per week in the jurisdiction. It is therefore imperative that you check the requirements for each city in which your employees work.
A covered employer must also conspicuously post an updated wage notice/bulletin for each applicable jurisdiction. Click the above city/county link(s) to download the most current notice.
As of January 1, 2018, the California minimum wage is $11.00 for employers with 26 or more employees, and $10.50 for employers with 25 or fewer employees. This will increase to $12.00/ $11.00 respectively on January 1, 2019.
In addition, the cities below have their own minimum wage ordinances that go into effect on January or July each year (with the exception of Berkeley). See the chart below for more details: Continue reading