A Reminder of Minimum Wage Increases in California for the New Year

By Mitchell F. Boomer and Janelle J. Sahouria © Jackson Lewis December 10, 2021
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​California's drive toward a $15 minimum wage for all employers continues. Effective Jan. 1, 2022, the minimum wage for employers with 25 employees or less will increase to $14.00 per hour, and for employers with 26 or more employees, the minimum wage will increase to $15.00 per hour. Employers must remember this increase also affects minimum salary requirements for exempt employees.

While some local minimum wages increase mid-year, many others, like the City of West Hollywood,  increase on January 1 at the same time the State's increases take effect.

Additionally, the following local minimum wage increases go into effect on Jan. 1, 2022, and are differentiated by employer size:

Hayward

Employers with 25 or fewer employees:

 

$14.52 per hour

Employers with 26 or more employees:

 

$15.56 per hour

Novato

Employers with 1 to 25 employees:

 

$15.00 per hour

Employers with 26- 99 employees:

 

$15.53 per hour

Employers with 100 or more employees:

 

$15.77

Sonoma

Employers with 25 or fewer employees:

 

$15.00 per hour

Employers with 26 or more employees:

 

$16.00 per hour



The following local minimum wages go into effect on Jan. 1, 2022, regardless of employer size:

City

Required Minimum Wage as of January 1, 2021, Irrespective of Employer Size

 

Belmont

$16.20 per hour

Burlingame

$15.60 per hour

Cupertino

$16.40 per hour

Daly City

$15.53 per hour

East Palo Alto

$15.60 per hour

El Cerrito

$16.37 per hour

Half Moon Bay

$15.56 per hour

Los Altos

$16.40 per hour

Menlo Park

$15.75 per hour

Mountain View

$17.10 per hour

Oakland

$15.06 per hour

Palo Alto

$16.45 per hour

Petaluma

$15.85 per hour

Redwood City

$16.20 per hour

Richmond

$15.54 per hour

San Carlos

$15.77 per hour

San Diego

$15.00 per hour

San Jose

$16.20 per hour

San Mateo

$16.20 per hour

Santa Clara

$16.40 per hour

Santa Rosa

$15.85 per hour

South San Francisco

$15.80 per hour

Sunnyvale

$17.10 per hour

Employers must also ensure their minimum wage postings are updated appropriately to reflect state and local increases.

Mitchell F. Boomer and Janelle J. Sahouria are attorneys with Jackson Lewis in San Francisco. © 2021 Jackson Lewis. All rights reserved. Reposted with permission. 

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