12/13/2017

State and local minimum wage increases kick in Jan. 1


Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, the hourly minimum wage for employers with 25 or fewer employees will increase to $10.50 per hour. For employers with 26 or more employees, the minimum wage will increase to $11 per hour. Employers with exempt employees should evaluate employee salaries, as exempt employees in California generally must earn a minimum monthly salary of no less than two times the state minimum wage for full-time employment.

Several cities in California have increased minimum wage requirements as well. Employers must follow the stricter standard; that is, the one that is the most beneficial to the employee.

For a list of affected cities, see the CDA Practice Support resource “Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Ordinances by City/County.”



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