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Nine California Municipalities are Increasing Minimum Wage on July 1, 2017:

As relayed in our December, 2016 blog Hot Off the Presses, no less than 23 local governments are now requiring minimum wage levels higher than the California standard. Nine municipalities are raising their rates effective July 1, 2017, with larger Emeryville employers the hardest hit.  Berkeley will again raise its rate on October 1.

City or County Minimum Wage Rate Effective Date Link to Official Notice
Berkeley $13.75 October 1, 2017  Notice
Emeryville $14.00 (55 or fewer employees)

and $15.20 (56 or more employees)

July 1, 2017  Notice *
Los Angeles City $10.50 (25 or fewer employees)

and $12.00 (26 employees or more)

July 1, 2017  Notice
Los Angeles County (Unincorporated Areas) $10.50 (25 or fewer employees)

and $12.00 (26 employees or more)

July 1, 2017  Notice
Malibu $10.50 (25 or fewer employees)

and $12.00 (26 or more employees)

July 1, 2017  Notice
Pasadena     $10.50 (25 or fewer employees)

and $12.00 (26 employees or more)

July 1, 2017  Notice
San Francisco City and County $14.00 July 1, 2017  Notice *
San Jose     $12.00 July 1, 2017  Notice
San Leandro $12.00 July 1, 2017  Notice *
Santa Monica   

    

$10.50 (25 or fewer employees)

and $12.00 (26 employees or more)

July 1, 2017  Notice

*Note: Locations with an asterisk have not updated their notices yet. We recommend checking the official website shortly before the effective date to download the most current notice.

Each such ordinance carries its own particular definitions of which employees are covered, including the threshold number of days or hours of labor within that city’s or county’s boundaries for that particular law to apply. A more fundamental question is whether a given work location is within a municipality’s geographic limits, not necessarily a straightforward issue in a widespread city as Los Angeles. See: map, City of L.A..

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

Cindy Bamforth

May 19, 2017

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