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New Employment Laws Affecting California Employers Effective January 1, 2016 Part III


The materials contained herein are for information purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. For advice about a particular problem or situation, please contact an attorney.

State Minimum Wage Increases To $10 Per Hour. Effective January 1, 2016, California’s state minimum wage will increase to $10.00 per hour. Please note that some cities, including Berkley, Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose have higher city-wide minimum wages. Berkeley’s minimum wage will increase from $11.00 per hour to $12.53 per hour on October 1, 2016, while San Francisco’s and San Jose’s minimum wages are scheduled to increase gradually from $12.25 per hour to $15 per hour by 2018.


Over the past year, discussions have been held in several city councils, most notably Los Angeles, about increasing their local minimum wage to $15 per hour while the Berkeley City Counsel has discussed raising the minimum wage to $19 per hour. It is, however, unlikely that further increases will go into effect in the first half of 2016.

Immediate Action Recommended: Review your payroll to ensure compliance with applicable local and state wage laws.

Should you have questions concerning the minimum wage, please contact Doug Wade at (714) 453-9144 or email


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