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The State of California and Many California Localities Are Set to Increase the Minimum Wage on January 1, 2021 – Make Sure You Are Ready

California’s stair-step climb to a $15-dollar minimum wage continues. Effective January 1, 2021, the minimum wage for employers with 25 employees or less will increase to $13.00 per hour, and for employers with 26 or more employees, the minimum wage will increase to $14.00 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 also increase on January 1 at the same time the State’s increases take effect.

For example, in the cities of Sonoma and Hayward, 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, effective January 1, 2021.

Likewise, the city of Novato’s minimum wage for employees with 25 employees or less will increase to $14.00 per hour, and for employers with 26 to 99 employees, the minimum wage will increase to $15.00 per hour as of January 1.  For employers with 100 employees or more, the minimum wage in the city of Novato will increase to $15.24 per hour, effective January 1, 2021.

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 $15.90 per hour
Cupertino $15.65 per hour
Daly City $15.00 per hour
El Cerrito $15.61 per hour
Half Moon Bay $15.00 per hour
Los Altos $15.65 per hour
Menlo Park $15.25 per hour
Oakland $14.36 per hour
Petaluma $15.20 per hour
Palo Alto $15.65 per hour
Redwood City $15.62 per hour
Richmond $15.21 per hour
San Carlos $15.24 per hour
San Diego $14.00 per hour
San Jose $15.45 per hour
San Mateo $15.62 per hour
Santa Clara $15.65 per hour
Santa Rosa $15.20 per hour
South San Francisco $15.24 per hour
Sunnyvale $16.30 per hour

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

Jackson Lewis P.C. © 2021National Law Review, Volume X, Number 323
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