January 1 Changes in State and Local Minimum Wage Requirements
The next increase to the California minimum wage takes effect on January 1, 2017, for employers with 26 or more employees. For these employers, the minimum wage rate increases to $10.50 an hour. Employers with 25 or fewer employees will continue to pay $10 an hour. A number of local minimum wage hikes will also take effect on January 1, 2017.
Employers need to prepare for the minimum wage increase and examine other pay practices that might be affected by the increases.
A number of other cities already have minimum wages that differ from the state minimum wage.
Following is a list of the cities that enacted a new minimum wage ordinance or increased the required minimum wage on January 1 (eligibility rules may vary from city to city):
El Cerrito: $12.25/hour
Los Altos: $12/hour
Mountain View: $13/hour
Palo Alto: $12.00/hour
San Diego: $11.50/hour
San Jose: $10.50/hour
San Mateo: $12.00/hour
Santa Clara: $11.10/hour