October 21, 2019

October 21, 2019

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July 1, 2019 Minimum Wage Increases in California Counties and Municipalities

Many California employees received a raise on January 1, 2019 when the state increased the minimum wage to $12 per hour for large employers (26 employees or more) and $11 per hour for small employers (25 employees or fewer). Effective July 1, 2019, several counties and municipalities in California are adding to these minimum wage increases. The amount of the increase varies by city and county, and some local governments make a distinction between large and small employers. Hotel workers in places like Long Beach, the County and City of Los Angeles, and Oakland are entitled to wages significantly higher than the minimum wage for other types of employees. The following chart summarizes these changes.

Jurisdiction Pre-July 1
Minimum Wage
July 1
Minimum Wage
Alameda $11.00 / $12.00
(small / large employer rate)
$13.50
(all employers)
Berkeley $15.00 $15.59
Emeryville
(56 or more employees)
$15.69 $16.30
Emeryville
(55 or fewer employees)

$15.00

 

 

$16.30
Freemont
(26 or more employees)

$12.00

 

 

$13.50
Long Beach
(hotel workers)
$14.64 $14.97
City of Los Angeles
(26 or more employees)
$13.25 $14.25
City of Los Angeles
(25 or fewer employees)
$12.00 $13.25
City of Los Angeles
(hotel workers)
$16.10 $16.63
County of Los Angeles Unincorporated
(26 or more employees)
$13.25 $14.25
County of Los Angeles Unincorporated
(25 or fewer employees)
$12.00 $13.25
Malibu
(26 or more employees)
$13.25 $14.25
Malibu
(25 or fewer employees)
$12.00 $13.25
Milpitas $13.50 $15.00
Oakland
(hotel workers without benefits)
$13.80 $20.00
Oakland
(hotel workers with benefits)
$13.80 $15.00
Pasadena
(26 or more employees)
$13.25 $14.25
Pasadena
(25 or fewer employees)
$12.00 $13.25
San Diego $12.00[1]  
San Francisco $15.00 $15.59
San Francisco (government supported employee) $13.27 $13.79
San Leandro $13.00 $14.00
Santa Monica
(26 or more employees)
$13.25 $14.25
Santa Monica
(25 or fewer employees)
$12.00 $13.25
Santa Monica
(hotel workers)
$16.10 $16.63

[1] Effective January 1, 2019, for large and small employers. San Diego does not have a scheduled minimum wage increase for July 1, 2019.

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Wesley Shelton, Labor and Employment Attorney, Sheppard Mullin, Law firm
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Wesley Shelton is an associate in the Labor and Employment Group in the firm's Orange County office.

Wesley Shelton advises clients in a wide range of labor and employment legal matters, including those related to global mobility and immigration issues.

Mr. Shelton has extensive experience handling all forms of discrimination and wage and hour violation cases in state and federal court.  He previously served as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, working at U.S. Embassies and Consulates in West...

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