Voters approved two new minimum wage increases earlier this month in San Francisco and Oakland. According to the National Law Review, voters in San Francisco approved an increase of minimum wages to $15.00 per hour, while Oakland raised its minimum wage to $12.25 per hour
The wage increase in San Francisco makes it the second city in the country to offer employees a minimum wage of $15.00 per hour. The raise was approved by 77 percent of voters. The increase will come gradually—the Law Review reported that wages will rise to $12.25 per hour in May 2015, and will increase every year until the minimum wage rate reaches $15.00 per hour in July 2018.
The San Francisco wage increase covers all employees, but there are exemptions for teens under the age of 18 in government-subsidized training programs and people over 55 working at government-subsidized nonprofits.
In Oakland, the wage increase passed with 82 percent of the vote. The increase will go from a current rate of $9.00 to $12.25 per hour in March 2015. Additionally, voters approved laws requiring employers in the city to offer a minimum of at least five days of sick leave to all employees.
Keep in mind, the minimum wage in California is currently $9.00 per hour.
Who Should I Talk If My Employer is Paying Me Below Minimum Wage?
If your employer pays you less than minimum wage, it is violating the law. Contact our attorneys today if you are experiencing issues with your earnings. Remember, many wage disputes are the result of unpaid salary, improperly calculated overtime and minimum wage violations.
If you believe that your employer owes you back pay, you should contact our labor attorneys. We can review your case and determine if you are entitled to damages.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles employment attorneys