Minimum Wage & Paid Sick Leave Law Updates for California Cities and Counties

On April 4, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed the “Fair Wage Act of 2016,” a bill that aims to increase California’s minimum wage to $15.00 per hour by the year 2022. Under California law, employers must also offer employees at least 3 days, or 24 hours, of sick leave per year. This statewide law applies to all cities and counties within the state of California. However, some cities within California have chosen to add to the statewide laws with their own more expansive minimum wage and paid sick leave ordinances. As it can be difficult for employers to keep track of all these constant changes, we have taken the time to highlight some of those changes in several major California cities.

CALIFORNIA STATE LAW- ALL COUNTIES

As of January 1, 2016 the required minimum wage for the state of California is $10.00 per hour. On January 1, 2017, the minimum wage for business with 26 employees or more will increase to $10.50 an hour. On January 1, 2018 it will increase to $11.00 an hour and by $1 each subsequent year until it reaches $15.00 in 2022. Employers with 25 employees or less will have an extra year to comply with the new law, and the wage increase will not go into effect until January 1, 2018.

In addition, any employee who works in California for 30 or more days is entitled to receive paid sick leave. An employer is required to provide a minimum of 3 days of sick leave per year, and after 90 days of employment an employee may begin to accrue sick leave at a rate of 1 hour for every 30 hours worked. Accrued sick leave may be carried over to the next year, however an employer may choose to cap the amount of paid six leave an employee may use per year to 6 days or 48 hours.

Notice to Employees

Employers must provide notice of these laws to employees by: (1) Displaying the state’s official poster; (2) Including paid sick leave information in the wage notices of nonexempt employees; and (3) Including the amount of paid sick leave available in the employees’ wage statements. Employers must also keep records documenting hours worked and paid sick leave accrued for the last 3 years.

These minimum statewide laws apply to all cities and counties in California, and includes the regions below.

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Santa Monica, CA Minimum Wage Increase to Take Effect on July 1, 2016

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On April 28, 2016, the Santa Monica City Council adopted a mandatory minimum wage increase to $10.50 per hour, which will take effect on July 1, 2016.

Santa Monica’s new ordinance mirrors the minimum wage laws adopted by Los Angeles earlier this year. Continue reading

Jennifer Grady, Esq. will be part of the “Ask an Expert” Section of the annual “Pay It Forward for Business” event on December 2, 2013 in Santa Monica

ImageOn Monday, December 2, 2013, Jennifer Grady, Esq. will be part of the “Ask an Expert” section of the quarterly “Incubate, Accelerate, and Pay It Forward for Business” Christmas Party at 31Ten Lounge in Santa Monica, CA from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The event, which has doubled in size after each quarterly event, will have 1,500 attendees over two nights, December 2 and 3, 2013.  Pay it Forward for Business, Your Office Agent and Indiegogo will be launching three crowdfunding campaigns from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in 31Ten Lounge at the same time, personally mentored by one of the Indiegogo principals and 3 of the biggest crowdfunding PR firms in LA (Jumpstarterpr, Edwin Stepp and Silver Telegram).  Out of over 40 applications, three were chosen to launch their campaign live on December 2 in front of an audience of 200.    Continue reading