San Francisco Minimum Wage Escalates to $12.25 on May 1, 2015

City Employers Must Also Post Poster Specifying this Requirement

Commencing May 1, 2015, all employers (regardless of where located) must pay wages of at least $12.25 per hour to each employee who performs work in San Francisco (including temporary and part-time employees). As discussed in our prior blog article San Francisco Minimum Wage Escalates to $11.05 and Beyond, the minimum wage requirement, set forth in the November 4, 2014 San Francisco Minimum Wage Ordinance, applies to adult and minor employees who work two or more hours per workweek, including non-city resident workers performing work in San Francisco. Wages includes salary, hourly pay, piece rate, commissions and non-discretionary performance bonuses. The San Francisco minimum wage cannot be waived by the employee except through a bona fide collective bargaining agreement.

Employees who assert their rights to receive the City’s minimum wage are protected from retaliation and may file a civil lawsuit against their employers for any violation of this ordinance. The City can investigate possible violations, shall have access to payroll records, and can enforce minimum wage requirements by ordering reinstatement, payment of back wages, and penalties. See San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement’s Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Affected employers must also post an updated San Francisco Minimum Wage notice by May 1, 2015, where employees can read it easily.

For further information, contact one of our attorneys Tim Bowles, Cindy Bamforth or Helena Kobrin.

Cindy Bamforth, April 14, 2015

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