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California Minimum Wage Increases for 2020

(posted: December 16th, 2019)

California minimum wage increases

Quite a few cities, towns and municipalities in California have minimum wage mandates that are different from the minimum wage set by the state.

Many of these mandates include yearly stepped increases for several years until a certain level is reached, often followed by increases tied to the Consumer Price Index thereafter.

With some exceptions, employers in California are subject to both federal and state minimum wage laws. Now many cities and counties have enacted their own, higher minimum wage ordinances.

2020 California Minimum Wage

The California state minimum wage increases on January 1, 2020.

For employers with 25 employees or less the new wage is $12.00 per hour. Employers with 26 or more employees will be required to pay $13.00/hour.

So, Which Law Must You Follow?

The easiest way to remember is that when you are doing business in one of these cities you must follow the "stricter" standard; that is, you must pay the minimum wage that is most favorable to the employee.

The chart below shows many of the California cities with minimum wage changes at the start of 2020.

California City Wage Date
Belmont -- --
Cupertino $15.35 1/01/2020
Daly City $13.75 1/01/2020
El Cerrito $15.37 1/01/2020
Los Altos $15.40 1/01/2020
Los Angeles -- --
Menlo Park $15 7/01/2020
Mountain View $16.05 1/01/2020
Oakland $14.14 1/01/2020
Palo Alto $15.40 1/01/2020
Redwood City $15.38 1/01/2020
Richmond -- --
Sacramento -- --
San Diego $13 1/01/2020
San Francisco -- --
San Jose $15.25 1/01/2020
San Leandro -- --
San Mateo $15.35 (for ALL businesses) 1/01/2020
Santa Clara $15.40 1/01/2020
Sunnyvale $16.05 1/01/2020

Please Contact Us with any questions you may have about your minimum wage compliance.

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