Although it is early in 2015, this is the perfect time to start planning for the 2016 increase in the California minimum wage. California increased its minimum wage in a two-step process. The first step was effective July 1, 2014 and raised the minimum wage to $9.00 in California. The minimum wage increase also increases the minimum salary for exempt status. Both of these factors can have large financial impacts for employers and the planning should begin now as the change takes effect on January 1, 2016.
This article is a follow up to our previous articles on the new California Paid Sick Leave requirement. As effective date of July 1, 2015 fast approaches many employers still have questions about what must be offered and are wondering if their current offerings are already compliant with the new requirements. To recap briefly, effective July 1, 2015 California employees are entitled to paid sick leave accordance with the Healthy Workplaces / Healthy Families Act of 2014, below is a brief summary of this new requirement.
Well, the good news is that labor numbers look very good for US businesses, which means there are more employees in the workplace and the economy is showing good signs for recovery. However, with more employees comes responsibility as the frost from a slowed economy begins to thaw.
California recently enacted AB 1522, called the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, which requires most California employers to provide paid sick leave to its employees effective July 1, 2015. California employers already face complex employment laws, which prove to be a challenge for most small businesses. This new bill will only add to the list of laws California business must be aware of to remain compliant. We have put together a list of the most frequently asked questions MMC has received since the mandate was passed to help you with this recent change.
On Tuesday, California Governor Jerry Brown stated that he would sign a bill requiring businesses to offer paid sick leave to employees. The bill would require employers to provide at least three days of annual paid sick leave to workers.
In recent news we heard about the minimum wage increase for federal contractors in hopes this will result in an increase in the minimum wage for all workers in America. It is important for you to know what the minimum wage is for your state(s) of operation. In cases where the state minimum wage is higher than the federal employees must be paid the higher of the two rates. In addition to the recent federal change many states have recently passed a minimum wage increase and many others have proposed legislation on their agenda to address this issue and hopefully raise their minimum wage. This article will focus on California and their 2014 minimum wage increase.