Minimum Wage is $10.50 in California in 2017

Most people believe the minimum wage is $10.00 per hour in California.  That is only true for employers with 25 or fewer employees.  If an employer has 26 or more employees, they must pay them at least $10.50 per hour.  Further, if an employee works more than 8 hours in one day, or more than 40 hours in one work week, the employer must pay them one-and-a-half times their regular wage for those hours.  Some employees can be exempt from overtime laws, but employers must be careful not to mis-classify employees, because the penalties can be severe.

The Labor Commissioner has published a minimum wage supplement for employers to post next to their applicable IWC Wage Orders.

Contact the attorneys at George Bean Law if you have not been paid all of your rightful minimum wages or overtime wages. 714-904-9338.

History of California Minimum Wage

Just for fun, did you know that California’s minimum wage started at $0.16 per hour in 1916.  It took 41 years to get to $1.00 per hour in 1957 and another 17 years to hit $2.00 per hour in 1974.  The largest gross increases were recent with a full $1.00 increase taking effect on July 1, 2014 and January 1,  2016 when it reached its current level of $10.00 per hour.