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California Minimum Wage to Increase Again

08 Nov

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Update Applicable to:

All California Employers and multi-state employers who have workers performing work in California.

What happened?

Effective January 1, 2024, California minimum wage will be $16.00 an hour.

What do employers need to do?

Employers should prepare to comply with the new minimum wage standards. Consult the resources provided and consider the different wages applicable to each sector. Vensure will be releasing the annual list of all minimum wage rate changes via communication by December of this year.

What are the details?

Due to a letter issued by the Director of California’s Department of Finance, in which the calculated Consumer Price Index increased by over 6% from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023, as compared to the previous 12-month period. The agency determined that a minimum wage increase of 3.5% must be implemented.

As a result of this the minimum wage rate for all employers with California employees will increase from $15.50 to $16.00 per hour. 

For employees who are required to provide and maintain hand tools and equipment customarily required by the trade or craft, the minimum wage will increase from $31.00 to $32.00 per hour.

Employers should remain vigilant and monitor local ordinances that establish minimum wages higher than the state’s minimum wage, like the City of Los Angeles.

For more information, please see the links below:

Law Firm Articles: Article 1, Article 2, Article 3

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