To keep employers guessing, not only does the state minimum wage increase every year, but many cities do as well. Currently, California’s minimum wage is $11 per hour (or $10.50 for employers with up to 25 employees).
While state minimum wage goes up in January, some cities like to keep things complicated by increasing their minimum wage as of July 1st. One such city is Santa Monica, where the minimum wage goes up to $13.25 on July 1st. The $13.25 rate also applies to Los Angeles as of July 1st for employers with 25 or more employees; those with under 25 employees must pay $12.00.
To keep things really confusing, certain hotel workers in Santa Monica and Los Angeles get even higher rates; on July 1st hotel workers in those cities get an increase to $16.10 per hour.
Yes, California likes to keep employers guessing. Thankfully you have this blog to keep the guesswork out of your wage and hour compliance.