Recently, the University of California announced that it would be the first public school in the country to commit to a minimum wage increase of $15 per hour.
According to USA Today, the 238,000-student system, which has 10 campuses, five medical centers and three labs throughout California, announced that the increase to wages would take place over the next three years. It will mainly affect university employees, many of whom are students, if they work more than 20 hours per week.
Wages will increase to $13 per hour by October this year and will rise by $1 each year until 2017. It should be noted that the University of California is the third largest employer in the state, with about 1 in every 46 residents working in some fashion for its system.
The university said that the wage increase would be covered by “non-core” funds that come from auxiliary services such as bookstores and food service, and will not affect tuition.
My Employer is Not Paying Me Minimum Wage. Should I Speak to an Attorney?
This is good news for the people of California! The state has been moving towards raising wages for several years now, with some jurisdictions implementing laws that are helping employees who live paycheck to paycheck.
If you believe that you are being paid less than the local, state or federal minimum wage, speak to our Los Angeles labor attorneys. It is illegal for an employer to pay a worker below these standards and those that do can be held liable for breaking the law. Aside from fines, if your employer is not paying you minimum wages, you may be able to file a lawsuit seeking damages and/or back wages.
Wage and overtime disputes can be incredibly complex. Make sure that you receive expert legal assistance. You can contact us by using the request form or phone number located on this page.
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