It’s that time of the year again – California has increased the state’s minimum wage. On January 1, 2022, the state-wide California minimum wage for employers with 25 or fewer employees was raised to $14 per hour and $15 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees.
As a reminder though, Employers need to check with their local ordinances related to minimum prior to changing their employees’ wages! It is common that a local city ordinance may have a heightened minimum wage requirement. For example, despite the California minimum wage of $15 for 26 or more employees, San Carlos has set its 2022 minimum wage at $15.77, Daly City has set its minimum wage at $15.53, and Menlo Park’s has raised its minimum wage $15.75, just a few examples of the local changes to be aware of. While most cities/counties raise their minimum wage in January, keep in mind that some cities/counties raise their a minimum wage in July, such as San Francisco.
So, employers be careful–prior to hiring and agreeing to pay any new employee “minimum wage,” an employer must check their local ordinances to see if there is an alternate and specific minimum wage that they must comply with as you must do what is most favorable to your employees. Keep in mind too, that employers are also required to place a minimum wage poster in the workplace that clearly identifies the minimum wage in the city in which their employees are working.
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