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There has been much discussion about minimum wage in the United States in recent years, as many people advocate for the national minimum wage to be increased substantially. California is ahead of this curve, as our state has already been implementing an increase in the minimum wage over the past few years. The increase is gradual to minimize the effect on businesses, and the wage increases by $1.00 per hour every January 1st. This means that:

  • Companies with 25 or more employees will have to pay $15 per hour starting January 1, 2022
  • Companies with fewer than 25 employees will have to pay $14 per hour starting January 1, 2022

Hourly and minimum wage issues can be complicated in California, especially in light of the regular increases and many localities set their own higher minimum hourly wages. These issues can also directly impact overtime rights and compensation. If you have concerns about unpaid wages or overtime, don’t wait to contact a California unpaid overtime attorney at Mara Law Firm right away.

Localities With Higher Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in California of $15 per hour for many employers makes it one of the highest-paying states in the U.S. Some cities have gone even farther, however, as they passed even higher minimum wages. The following cities are some with the highest minimum wage in California:

  1. Berkeley = $16.07
  2. Emeryville = $16.84
  3. Mountain View = $16.30
  4. San Francisco = $16.07
  5. Sunnyvale = $16.30

Many additional localities have a minimum wage set between the statewide $15 per hour and $16 per hour. Always check to make sure you know what the minimum wage is where you work to ensure your employer is complying with the law.

Minimum Wage and Overtime

If your employer fails to pay you the correct minimum wage, it will also mean you are receiving the incorrect overtime rate, as this rate is dependent on your hourly rate. Overtime pay should either be 1.5 or two times your regular hourly rate, so as your minimum wage increases, so should your overtime pay.

Never ignore possible unpaid wages or overtime, as the situation can only get worse with time. The longer you wait, the more your employer might owe you, and the more challenging the company might be when it comes to resolving the wage complaint.

If you are concerned about how your employer might react to a wage complaint, you can rest assured that the law protects your right to raise this issue. The law prohibits retaliation by an employer for bringing up employment or wage violations. If your employer does take adverse action against you – including termination – they can then be liable for violating additional labor laws that prohibit such retaliation.

Consult with a California Unpaid Overtime Attorney

At Mara Law Firm, we work to resolve wage and overtime claims as effectively and efficiently as possible, and we can review whether you and/or your coworkers have a wage claim. Contact us for a no-cost case evaluation today.

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