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California Employers Face Minimum Wage Increases

With the Consumer Price Index recently showing the largest spike in 30 years, California employers need to brace themselves and prepare for the minimum-wage hikes going into effect in several cities across the state on July 1.

If you do business in California, you need to educate yourself on these increases and prepare now.

Which Cities Are Impacted?

The following increased minimum wage rates will go into effect on July 1:

  • Alameda: $15.75/hour.
  • Berkeley: $16.99/hour.
  • Emeryville: $17.48/hour.
  • Fremont: $16.00/hour.
  • Long Beach: $16.73/hour for hotel workers, $16.55 for concessionaire workers
  • Los Angeles (City): $16.04 for all employers.
  • Los Angeles (County, unincorporated): $15.96/hour.
  • Malibu: $15.96/hour.
  • Milpitas: $16.40/hour.
  • Pasadena: $16.11/hour
  • San Francisco (City/County): $16.99/hour.
  • Santa Monica: $15.96/hour.
  • West Hollywood: $16.50/hour for employers with 50+ employees, $16.00/hour for employers with less than 50 employees, and $18.35/hour for hotel workers.

These local minimum wage increases do not impact the salary threshold requirement for many exempt employees. But non-exempt employees must be paid at least the applicable minimum wage, generally based on where the employee performs the work.

New West Hollywood Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Effective July 1, full-time employees for all businesses in West Hollywood must be provided at least 96 compensated hours and 80 uncompensated hours per year for sick leave, vacation, or personal necessity. Part-time employees must be provided compensated and uncompensated hours in increments proportional to that accrued by someone who works 40 hours per week.

IRS Increases Mileage Rate

Employers also should be aware that the IRS increased the optional standard mileage rate for business
travel from July through December to 62.5 cents per mile.

reprinted with permission from SHRM 07.2022

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