By: Naomi Gemmell, Esq.
On July 1, 2019, New Jersey, Oregon, and Washington D.C. will increase their minimum wage rates. The new minimum wage rates are $10.00 per hour in New Jersey, $11.25 per hour in Oregon, and $14.00 per hour in Washington, D.C. Additionally, a dozen cities in California will increase their minimum wage to amounts between $13.25 and $16.30 per hour. Given that less than half of all states maintain the federal minimum wage level of $7.25 per hour, employers must ensure that they are meeting minimum wage standards for workers in their region. In addition to increases in the federal minimum wage, various states and cities may have their own minimum wage laws. If all three apply, the employer must comply with the rate most generous to the employee.
- Alameda: $13.50/hour
- Berkeley: $15.59/hour
- Emeryville: $16.30/hour for businesses of all sizes (except for Small Independent Restaurants)
- Fremont: $13.50/hour for employers with 26 or more employees; employers with 25 or fewer employees will continue to pay the state minimum wage rate until July 1, 2020
- Milpitas: $15/hour
- Pasadena: $14.25/hour for employers with 26 or more employees; $13.25/hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees
- San Francisco: $15.59/hour
- San Leandro: $15/hour
- Santa Monica: $14.25/hour for employers with 26 or more employees; $13.25 for employers with 25 or fewer employees
- City of Los Angeles: $14.25/hour for employers with 26 or more employees; $13.25/hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees
- County of Los Angeles (unincorporated areas only): $14.25/hour for employees with 26 or more employees; $13.25/hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees
- Malibu: $14.25/hour for employers with 26 or more employees; $13.25/hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees.
It is critical to understand the federal, state, and local minimum wage rules that apply to your employees and ensure that your pay practices comply. Additionally, many of these local ordinances contain notice requirements. Employers should ensure that all posters are up-to-date with July 1, 2019 minimum wage increases.
If you have any questions regarding California’s unique employment laws or these employment law updates, please contact Naomi Gemmell. Naomi is an Associate in the firm’s Employment and Litigation Practice Groups. Naomi is based in Leech Tishman’s El Segundo, CA office and can be reached at 424.738.4400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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