According to Reuters, California’s minimum wage may rise to $11 per hour in 2016 due to a bill that was recently passed by the state Senate.
The news outlet reported that the bill supersedes previous legislation that raised the minimum wage to $10 per hour two years ago. Keep in mind, individual municipalities can also pass their own minimum wage standards, as many cities and counties have done so. Recently, the Los Angeles City Council voted to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020.
San Francisco Democrat Mark Leno sponsored the Senate bill. “Despite our recovering economy, millions of Californians, many of them children, continue to live in poverty,” Leno said in a statement, according to Reuters.
The bill still needs to pass the state Assembly and be approved by Governor Jerry Brown to become law. It has some detractors, including the California Chamber of Commerce.
Are You Being Paid a Legal Wage?
This is good news for California workers. If you have questions about your wages, you should speak to someone at the human resources department where you work. Additionally, if you believe that your employer is breaking the law by participating in wage or overtime theft, speak to our Los Angeles employment lawyers.
Theft can occur when you are not paid a minimum wage or if you are asked to perform tasks without pay. We can review your case and help determine if you may be entitled to back pay and/or damages.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles employment attorneys