Only in California: More Municipalities Add Paid Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Requirements

In 2017, more municipalities in California will require employers to pay a higher minimum wage than the federal or state minimum wage. Some of the cities to add minimum wage requirements are Cupertino, Los Altos, and San Leandro. In addition, several cities with minimum wage ordinances in place are increasing their minimum wages in 2017. It is important for employers to ensure they are paying the current minimum wage and have the correct postings in place.

In addition, the City of Berkeley became the newest city with a paid-sick-leave ordinance. The ordinance will not go into effect until October 1, 2017. Employees will accrue paid sick leave at the rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked. Small employers (fewer than 25 employees) can cap the accrual at, and limit use to, 48 hours per year. Other employers can cap the accrual at 72 hours per year but cannot limit use of paid sick leave.

Please see MSEC’s FYI – Municipalities with Minimum Wage or Paid Sick Leave Ordinances that Differ from State Law.

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