On January 1, 2023, the state of California’s minimum wage increased to $15.50 per hour for all employers. However, a number of California cities and counties have minimum wage ordinances that require employers to pay employees working in these localities a minimum wage that is higher than the state minimum wage. If an employee is working in one of these localities, their employer may be subject to another minimum wage increase beginning on July 1st.
For example, effective July 1, 2023, the City of Los Angeles will increase the minimum wage for all covered employees from $16.04/hour to $16.78/hour. All employees that are paid by the hour, whether it be full-time, part-time, seasonal or temporary, will receive this increase in pay. Some other Southern California localities that will also see a minimum wage increase effective July 1, 2023, include:
- Malibu: current $15.96/hour to $16.90/hour
- County of Los Angeles (unincorporated areas only): current $15.96/hour to $16.90/hour
- Pasadena: current $16.11/hour increase to $16.93/hour
- Santa Monica: current $15.96/hour increase to $16.90/hour
- West Hollywood: (employers with 50 or more employees) current $17.50/hour, increase to $19.08/hour (all employees)
- West Hollywood: (employers with 49 or fewer employees) current $17.00/hour, increase to $19.08/hour (all employees)
- West Hollywood: (hotel employees) current $18.35/hour increase to $19.08/hour (all employees)
If you believe your employer is not paying you the applicable state or local minimum wage for any reason, you have the option of suing your employer with the help of an experienced California wage and hour lawyer. For a free consultation, please feel free to contact our office.