NEW Professional Member Special>>> Save $20 and receive a SHRM tote bag
More companies are recognizing the importance of giving employees the time and space they need to navigate personal loss.
Save $20 on a New Professional Membership and receive a FREE Tote bag when you join SHRM today!
Learn to overcome challenges and meet your 2017 goals through competency-based HR education. Available in-person and virtually.
Expand your influence and learn how to become an effective leader. Join us in Phoenix, AZ | OCTOBER 2 - 4, 2017
A controversial bill to increase California’s minimum wage has failed to pass in the state legislature. The bill would have phased in a $3 per hour increase to the minimum wage rate and also would have imposed annual cost of living increases.
On Aug. 27, 2015, the California State Assembly’s Appropriations Committee decided to hold the bill rather than advance it further through the legislature. According to a statement by the committee chair, the bill may return next year.
Senate Bill 3 would have increased the minimum wage to $11 per hour on Jan. 1, 2016, and to $13 per hour on July 1, 2017. Beginning in 2019, the bill would have imposed an annual automatic cost of living increase.
Currently the minimum wage in California is $9 per hour. Under existing law, the rate is scheduled to increase to $10 per hour beginning on Jan. 1, 2016. This increase will make California’s minimum wage one of the two highest rates in the nation (with Massachusetts also increasing its minimum wage to $10 per hour starting on Jan. 1, 2016). That status will be short-lived, because other states (including Massachusetts, Vermont, and Connecticut) are scheduled to subsequently implement minimum wage rates that exceed $10 per hour. A number of cities, including several in California (for example, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Emeryville, Sunnyvale, and Berkeley) have imposed local minimum wage ordinances that increase the rate above the state minimum.
Christopher W. Olmsted is an attorney in the San Diego office of Ogletree Deakins. Republished with permission. © 2015 Ogletree Deakins. All rights reserved.
You have successfully saved this page as a bookmark.
Please confirm that you want to proceed with deleting bookmark.
You have successfully removed bookmark.
Please log in as a SHRM member before saving bookmarks.
Your session has expired. Please log in again before saving bookmarks.
Please purchase a SHRM membership before saving bookmarks.
An error has occurred
Recommended for you
Choose from dozens of free webcasts on the most timely HR topics.
SHRM’s HR Vendor Directory contains over 3,200 companies