California Raises Minimum Wage

On April 4, 2016, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 3 (SB3).  SB3 will increase the minimum wage annually starting on January 1, 2017 until $15.00 per hour is reached on January 1, 2022 (for employers with 26 employees or more).

For employers with 26 employees or more, here is what the wage schedule looks like:

January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017: $10.50 per hour; January 1, 2018 though December 31, 2018: $11.00 per hour; January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019: $12.00 per hour; January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020: $13.00 per hour; January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021: $14.00 per hour; January 1, 2022: $15.00 per hour.

For employers with 25 employees or less, the wage schedule will lag behind by a year, so the $15.00 minimum wage will not be reached until January 1, 2023.