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A Reminder of Minimum Wage Increases Coming in the New Year

California’s drive toward a 15-dollar minimum wage for all employers continues. Effective January 1, 2022, the minimum wage for employers with 25 employees or less will increase to $14.00 per hour, and for employers with 26 or more employees, the minimum wage will increase to $15.00 per hour. Employers must remember this increase also affects minimum salary requirements for exempt employees.

While some local minimum wages increase mid-year, many others, like the City of West Hollywood,  increase on January 1 at the same time the State’s increases take effect.

Additionally, the following local minimum wage increases go into effect on January 1, 2022, and are differentiated by employer size:

Hayward

Employers with 25 or fewer employees:

$14.52 per hour

Employers with 26 or more employees:

$15.56 per hour

 

Novato

Employers with 1 to 25 employees:

$15.00 per hour

Employers with 26- 99 employees:

$15.53 per hour

Employers with 100 or more employees:

$15.77

Sonoma

Employers with 25 or fewer employees:

$15.00 per hour

Employers with 26 or more employees:

$16.00 per hour

 

The following local minimum wages go into effect on January 1, 2021, regardless of employer size:

City

Required Minimum Wage as of January 1, 2021, Irrespective of Employer Size 

Belmont

$16.20 per hour

Burlingame

$15.60 per hour

Cupertino

$16.40 per hour

Daly City

$15.53 per hour

East Palo Alto

$15.60 per hour

El Cerrito

$16.37 per hour

Half Moon Bay

$15.56 per hour

Los Altos

$16.40 per hour

Menlo Park

$15.75 per hour

Mountain View

$17.10 per hour

Oakland

$15.06 per hour

Palo Alto

$16.45 per hour

Petaluma

$15.85 per hour

Redwood City

$16.20 per hour

Richmond

$15.54 per hour

San Carlos

$15.77 per hour

San Diego

$15.00 per hour

San Jose

$16.20 per hour

San Mateo

$16.20 per hour

Santa Clara

$16.40 per hour

Santa Rosa

$15.85 per hour

South San Francisco

$15.55 per hour

Sunnyvale

$17.10 per hour

Employers must also ensure their minimum wage postings are updated appropriately to reflect state and local increases.

Jackson Lewis P.C. © 2022National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 335
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Mitchell F. Boomer, Jackson Lewis, employment discrimination attorney, whistleblower retaliation lawyer
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Mitchell F. Boomer is a Principal in the San Francisco, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Since joining the firm in 1992, he has represented employers in all areas of employment litigation, including wrongful termination, employment discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower, trade secret and unfair competition cases in federal and state courts in California, Washington and Nevada.

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