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California Cities Opt for Higher Minimum Wage as of 7/1

Bryan Little, Farm Employers Labor Service

July 3, 2013

California's state minimum wage rose to $10 for employers of 25 or fewer employees, and $10.50 for employers of 26 or more, with additional changes coming until the state minimum wage reaches $15 for all employers on January 1, 2023.

Some of California's cities have elected to get into the minimum wage game too, raising minimum wages as of July 1, 2017 to levels that are even higher than California's:

Current Local Minimum Wages in Various California Cities

 
City Current Local Minimum Wage
Berkeley $12.53
Cupertino $12.00
El Cerrito $12.25
Emeryville $14.00 as of 7/1/17 for employers with 55 or fewer employees; $15.20 as of 7/1/17 for employers with 56 or more employees
Los Altos $12.00
Milpitas City $11.00
Mountain View $13.00
Oakland $12.86
Palo Alto $12.00
Pasadena $12.00 as of 7/1/17 for employers with 26 or more employees; $10.50 as 7/1/17for employers with 25 or fewer employees
Richmond $12.30
Sacramento $10.50 as of 7/1/17 for businesses with more than 100 employees
San Diego $11.50
San Francisco $14.00 as of 7/1/17
San Jose $12.00 as of 7/1/17
San Leandro $12.00 as of 7/1/17
San Mateo $12.00
Santa Clara $11.10
Santa Monica $12.00 as of 7/1/17 for employers with 26 or more employees; $10.50 as of 7/1/17 for employers with 25 or fewer employees
Sunnyvale $13.00

 

As you can see, several of these new local minimum wages became effective on July 1, 2017.   What does it mean for employers who are not actually located in the city, but whose workers may sometimes work in a city with a higher minimum wage than that in the county where the employer is located?  Freqently asked questions from the website of the City of Milpitas offers some insight:

"Q: Does the City Minimum Wage apply to employees who work in San Mateo, but are not San Mateo residents?

A: Yes, any person who works for an employer that maintains a facility in the City of San Mateo or provides goods and/or services within the City limits, is eligible to be paid the at City of San Mateo’s minimum wage rate."

FELS suggests that employers whose employees may work in a locality with a higher minimum wage than that in the locality where the employer is based ensure that the higher minimum wage for that locality is paid to those employees for time worked in those jurisdictions.  FELS also suggests employers consult the city government where any of their employees may be assigned to work for guidance on the city government's compliance expectations.