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California Proposition to Raise Minimum Wage Delayed

California voters almost had the opportunity to vote on an $18 minimum wage in November 2022. The State has a unique administrative process by which California citizens can propose laws and constitutional amendments without the support of the state government.

The $18 an hour proposition called, “The Living Wage Act of 2022,” was intended to be put before California voters in November 2022. It proposed to continue the State’s stair-step increase of the minimum wage as follows:

Year

Employers with 25 or fewer employees

Employers with 26 or more employees

2023

$15.00 per hour

$16.00 per hour

2024

$16.00 per hour

$17.00 per hour

2025

$17.00 per hour

$18.00 per hour

2026

$18.00 per hour

$18.00 per hour

However, this proposed timeline will now need to be adjusted as The Living Wage Act failed to qualify for the 2022 ballot due to the late submission of verified signatures to the California Secretary of State.  The Proposition has been cleared for the 2024 ballot.

Advocates of the measure filed a lawsuit pushing to place the Proposition on the 2022 ballot, but the court found the proponents’ arguments “unpersuasive.”

A separate Proposition aimed at amending the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) was also delayed until November 2024.

 

Jackson Lewis P.C. © 2022National Law Review, Volume XII, Number 213
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