California’s minimum wage rate increased on January 1, 2019 , to $12.00 per hour for businesses employing 26 or more employees and $11.00 per hour for those with 25 or fewer employees. The law will increase California’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2023.
On April 4, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 3 into law. The new law increases the minimum wage to $15 per hour by Jan. 1, 2022, for employers with 26 or more employees. For employers with 25 or fewer employees the minimum wage will reach $15 per hour by Jan.
In addition to Florida , the following states have approved $15 an hour minimum wage increases: California . Connecticut . Illinois.
The minimum wage is set to incrementally increase over the next five years: increasing to $10.50 on July 1, 2016; $12 on July 1, 2017; $13.25 on July 1, 2018; $14.25 on July 1, 2019; and $15.00 on July 1, 2020.
|State||2020 Minimum Wage||2021 Minimum Wage|
|Alabama||$7.25 (Federal, no state minimum)||$7.25 (Federal, no state minimum)|
Full–time employment is defined in Labor Code Section 515(c) as 40 hours per week .
It is illegal for California employers to pay employees less than the minimum wage . If your employer violates minimum wage laws, you can recover the money you are owed in a wage and hour lawsuit. If the violation affects numerous employees, a wage and hour class action lawsuit may be appropriate.
The states that raised their wages at the start of 2020, or will later this year, include: Alaska , with an hourly increase from $9.89 to $10.19. Arizona , $11 to $12. Arkansas, $9.25 to $10. California, $12 to $13. Colorado , $11.10 to $12. Connecticut , $11 to $12 on Sept. Florida , $8.46 to $8.56. Illinois, $8.25 to $9.25.
(California Labor Code § 1391.1.) When school is not in session, these minors may work a maximum of 8 hours per day and 48 hours per week. If the minor works two jobs, both jobs together may not total more than the legal number of hours that minor may work.
Living Wage Calculation for California
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While the federal minimum wage is $7.25, most states and many cities have higher minimum wages resulting in almost 90% of U.S. minimum wage workers earning more than $7.25. The effective nationwide minimum wage , the wage that the average minimum wage worker earns, is $11.80 as of May 2019.
Target raises minimum wage to $15 an hour for store, distribution and headquarter employees. The company has committed close to $1 billion this year in bonus pay this year.
* Florida’s minimum wage will increase to $10 on 9/30/21. Excluding Washington, D.C.’s $15 hourly minimum wage, California has the highest in the country at $14 per hour. Washington and Massachusetts are close behind, with $13.69 per hour and $13.50 per hour, respectively.