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California Voters May Get to Vote to Raise the Minimum Wage to $18.00

California has been working its way up to a $15.00 minimum wage for all employees for several years.  As of January 1, 2023, all California employers will be required to pay their employees a minimum wage of $15.00.  However, a ballot measure recently filed with the State proposes increasing the minimum wage even further to $18.00 by 2026.

California has a unique process by which California citizens can propose laws and constitutional amendments without the support of the Governor or the Legislature.  Most recently, this process was used to allow app-based rideshare and delivery companies to hire drivers as independent contractors through the passage of Proposition 22.  This process is now being used to propose the “Living Wage Act of 2022,” which if passed would gradually increase the State’s minimum wage to $18.00 in 2026.

The Living Wage Act of 2022 proposes 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

 

Pursuant to the proposed initiative, after reaching $18.00 in 2026, the minimum wage would then be adjusted upwards annually to keep pace with the cost of living.

However, the Living Wage Act of 2022 has not yet cleared all hurdles it needs to make it onto the ballot in November 2022.  To qualify to be on the ballot, supporters of the initiative must collect the signatures of registered voters and complete a verification process.  Public comments on the initiative may also be submitted on the Office of the Attorney General’s website and will be reviewed.

Brittney E. Willis also contributed to this article.

Jackson Lewis P.C. © 2022National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 350
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Andrea “Andy” F. Oxman Corporate Litigation Attorney Jackson Lewis Law Firm Los Angeles
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Andrea “Andy” F. Oxman is a Principal in the Los Angeles, California office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Ms. Oxman represents a wide array of employers in defending against single plaintiff and class action litigation.

Ms. Oxman has litigated extensively in both state and federal courts and has a wide range of significant experience, including motion practice, all phases of discovery, trial preparation, arbitration, and settlement negotiations. Ms. Oxman’s litigation practice includes defending against individual cases alleging...

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