Compensation, FLSA/Wages

California’s Minimum Wage Could Reach $15

Most California employers will see the state’s minimum wage reach $15 an hour by 2022 if reports of a deal in the state legislature materialize as expected.

Reports published in the Los Angeles Times and The Sacramento Bee on March 27 tell of a tentative deal between state lawmakers and union leaders that would phase in the wage hike. Currently, the state’s minimum wage stands at $10 an hour. (The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.) The newspapers reported that businesses with fewer than 25 employees would have an extra year to reach the $15 level.

Mark I. Schickman, an attorney with Freeland Cooper & Foreman LLP in San Francisco, said the deal is extremely likely to pass the legislature and has Brown’s support. The deal was announced by the Governor on March 28th. Brown joined “a number of other leaders” the same day to discuss the “landmark deal” and the Times reported that lawmakers could vote on the proposal within a couple of weeks.

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