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Reminder: Minimum Wage Increases Effective January 1, 2019

November 28, 2018

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New State Minimum Wage

Effective January 1, 2019, the State minimum wage increases to $12.00 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees, and $11.50 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees.

New Local Minimum Wages

Additionally, several California cities and counties have passed their own minimum wage ordinances with a more aggressive schedule of minimum wage increases.

Effective January 1, 2019, local minimum wage increases include the following:

Locality Minimum Wage Eff. 1/1/19
Belmont $13.50
Cupertino $15.00
El Cerrito $15.00
Los Altos $15.00
Mountain View $15.65
Palo Alto $15.00
Richmond $15.00
San Diego $15.00
San Jose $15.00
San Mateo Employers: $15.00
501(c)(3) Nonprofits: $13.50
Santa Clara $15.00
Sunnyvale $15.65

Recently Enacted Local Minimum Wages

As a reminder, other California cities and counties increased their local minimum wages in 2018. As of October 1, 2018, the minimum wage in Berkeley increased to $15.00 per hour.

On July 1, 2018, the minimum wage also increased for the following cities and counties:

Locality Minimum Wage Eff. 7/1/18
Emeryville Large businesses (56 or more employees): $15.69
Small businesses (55 or more employees): $15.00
City and County of Los Angeles 26 or more employees: $13.25
25 or fewer employees/non-profit corporations: $12.00
Malibu 26 or more employees: $13.25
25 or fewer employees: $12.00
Milpitas $13.50
Pasadena 26 or more employees: $13.25
25 or fewer employees: $12.00
San Francisco $15.00
San Leandro $13.00
Santa Monica 26 or more employees: $13.25
25 or fewer employees: $12.00

Employers with employees working in any of these cities – even if only on a temporary basis – should review their wage structure and implement any necessary changes for compliance purposes, including recordkeeping and notice requirements.  If you have any questions, please contact your Hanson Bridgett attorney.

For a summary of other new employment laws taking effect on January 1, 2019, see our prior Labor & Employment Alert.

For more information, please contact:

Lisa Pooley

415-995-5051 Direct Phone
415-995-3405 Fax

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Emily Leahy

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