Many New Minimum Wage Rate Increases

Effective July 1, 2018

California minimum wage currently is $11.00 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees and $10.50 for employers that employ 25 or fewer. Annual increases will continue each January 1 until they reach $15.00 per hour in 2022 for larger employers and in 2023 for employers with 25 or fewer employees.

Additionally, as below, nine cities and two counties in California will increase their local minimum wage rates and one new ordinance will go into effect this July 1, 2018. See the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education listing for regular updates.

City or County Minimum Wage Rate

(effective July 1, 2018)

Belmont  (new ordinance) $12.50
Emeryville $15.00 (55 or fewer employees)

and $15.69 (56 or more employees)

Los Angeles City $12.00 (25 or fewer employees)

and $13.25 (26 employees or more)

Los Angeles County (Unincorporated Areas) $12.00 (25 or fewer employees)

and $13.25 (26 employees or more)

Malibu $12.00 (25 or fewer employees)

and $13.25 (26 or more employees)

Milpitas $13.50
Pasadena   $12.00 (25 or fewer employees)

and $13.25 (26 employees or more)

San Francisco City and County    $15.00
San Leandro $13.00
Santa Monica   


$12.00 (25 or fewer employees)

and $13.25 (26 employees or more)

Also, some cities have enacted separate minimum wage laws for hotels that also change this July 1, 2018. For example, Long Beach has a minimum wage of $14.64 only for hotel workers. Santa Monica’s minimum wage for hotel workers is $16.10. City of Los Angeles’ hotel workers minimum wage is $16.10.

These local ordinances include notice requirements and require employers to post an updated wage notice where employees can read them easily.

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

Helena Kobrin

June 15, 2018

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