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California Fast Food Industry Minimum Wage (Agreement) Update

16 Apr

Update Applicable to:Effective date
All employers in the restaurant businessImmediately – March 26, 2024

What happened?

On March 26, 2024, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 610, which amends the definition of fast-food restaurants and creates exemptions to the FAST Recovery Act. 

What are the details? 

AB 1228 establishes a modified version of the Fast Food Council (Council) until January 1, 2029 and sets forth the minimum wage increases for fast food workers, with an increase to $20.00 effective April 1, 2024, previously reported by Vensure here

Due to the -possible- unforeseen consequences of increasing the minimum wage, like increases in product prices and job losses.

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California swiftly enacted AB 610. This modifies the FAST Recovery Act (AB 1228).

AB 610 creates a more “restricted definition” of a Fast Food Restaurant and creates 8 exceptions to the law.

Business Considerations 

  • Check the new amendment to see if (1) you are a covered business and (2) your business fits into one of the added exemptions.
  • It is important to note that these are early observations and the long-term impact of the wage increase on employment in the fast-food industry in California may vary
  • If exempt, employers who own and operate the above-specified fast food restaurant locations will not need to comply with the abrupt minimum wage hike set to take place on April 1, 2024.


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