Minimum wage is increasing statewide once again in California on January 1st, 2021. There are over 40 individual minimum wage increases in the state for specific cities, counties and/or municipal areas that employers in those areas must meet. It’s crucial for employers to be informed about their local mandates on top of state and federal requirements to ensure they are providing compliant wages and benefits to all of their employees. Here’s what California employers should know about minimum wage requirements for 2021.
California Statewide Minimum Wage
Minimum wage in California will continue to rise each year on a state-wide basis until it reaches $15.00 an hour; which will occur on January 1st, 2022 for large (26 or more employees) employers and in 2023 for smaller (25 or fewer employees) employers.
For 2021, the increases are as follows:
- Minimum wage for small employers in the state will be increasing from $12.00 an hour to $13.00 an hour.
- Minimum wage for large employers will be increasing from $13.00 to $14.00 an hour.
California Local and Municipal Minimum Wage
Making matters exceedingly more complex for employers with multiple worksites throughout the state are the individual local mandates for minimum wage compensation. Many cities, counties and municipal areas have their own set of minimum wage ordinances that are above state and federal levels in order to meet the cost-of-living demands in those areas.
Some of the areas with their own minimum wage ordinances are:
- Berkeley ($16.07 an hour)
- Cupertino ($15.65 an hour)
- Fremont ($15 an hour)
- Los Altos ($15.65 an hour)
- Los Angeles ($15 an hour)
- Oakland ($14.36 an hour)
- Palo Alto ($15.65 an hour)
- San Francisco ($16.07 an hour)
- San Jose ($15.45 an hour)
- Sunnyvale Sunnyvale ($16.30 an hour)
- And more… for a full list of California Minimum Wage Ordinances, download our free 2021 Minimum Wage & General Employment Ordinances E-guide.
Beyond the Golden State
The federal minimum wage is not increasing January, 1st, 2021, however, California is not the only state with minimum wage increases that exceed federal requirements. You can get a more detailed look into the minimum wage and local ordinances for your state, including local and county ordinances, when you download our free e-guide.
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