July Brings Fireworks and Minimum Wage Increases

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, J.D. on Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Beginning July 1, 2019, the following cities and counties must increase their minimum wage.  In Northern California:

  • Berkeley — $15.59
  • Emeryville — $16.30
  • Milpitas — $15.00
  • San Francisco — $15.59
  • San Leandro — $14.00

Northern California also boasts two new locations with local minimum wage rates above the State minimum wage, beginning on July 1, 2019:

  • Alameda — $13.50
  • Fremont — $13.50 for employers with 26 or more employees; state minimum wage ($11) rate for businesses with 25 or fewer employees.

Southern California is making tracking a bit easier with many of the localities now on the same rate increase schedule.

The following Southern California localities have minimum wage increases to $14.25 for businesses with 26 or more employees and $13.25 for businesses with 25 or fewer employees.

  • City of Los Angeles
  • County of Los Angeles (unincorporated areas)
  • Malibu
  • Pasadena
  • Santa Monica

Remember: When determining whether an employee meets the minimum salary for exempt status, use California’s State minimum wage rate(s) of $11 for 25 or fewer employees and $12 for employers with 26 or more employees. 

Need help finding your current local minimum wage?  Use CEA’s handy Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Fact Sheet. Don’t forget that if you are in a city with its own minimum wage ordinance, your business will also need to post the city-specific minimum wage poster.  Let CEA help you with all your poster needs.



2 comments on "July Brings Fireworks and Minimum Wage Increases"

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Jessica - HR Director on July 11, 2019 at 6:40:17 pm said:
Sacramento and Yolo Counties follow the state of California minimum wage
Private comment posted on July 8, 2019 at 8:04:41 pm
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