Minimum Wage to Increase in 2021
Starting January 1st, California’s minimum wage will increase to $14 per hour for employers with 26 employees or more and $13 for employers with 25 or fewer employees.
In 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 3 (Leno) to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour statewide by 2022 for large businesses, and by 2023 for small businesses.
SB 3 (Leno, 2016) also included a provision allowing the Governor to postpone a wage increase in the event of an economic downturn. However, this past July, Newsom announced that he will not delay the upcoming 2021 minimum wage increase. “Not allowing this increase to go forward will only make life harder for those Californians who have already borne a disproportionate share of the economic hardship caused by this pandemic. Many of them are on the front lines of the pandemic, providing child care, working in our hospitals and nursing facilities and making sure there’s food on grocery store shelves,” he said.
For additional information, please seehttps://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/faq_minimumwage.htm.