If you wonder why we talk about California so much on this blog the answer is pretty simple. There are TONS of different labor and employment laws to keep abreast of in the world’s fifth largest economy. Nowhere is this patchwork more evident than in minimum wage laws. California already requires (effective January 1, 2019) a minimum wage at $11.00 an hour for employers with 25 or less employees and $12.00 an hour for employers with 26 or more employees. These are higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 but lower than some smaller and more defined jurisdictions in California. We already covered Cupertino, home of Apple, Inc, and Richmond in a previous posting, let’s see what some other cities in California have in store for 2019.
Well if Cupertino can brag about having Apple, Inc as one of their largest employers then Mountain View, CA can sing all it wants about Google and their headquarters, the Googleplex! Additionally, not to be outdone by Cupertino, effective January 1, 2019 Mountain View’s minimum wage is $15.65 per hour. This is a calculated raise that reflects the cost of living increase as reflected by the Consumer Price Index.
The Mountain View Minimum Wage Official Notice must be posted in the workplace.
Continuing our minimum wage tour of Silicon Valley, just down the road you’ll find the headquarters of Yahoo! and the city of Sunnyvale, CA. Sunnyvale’s city ordinance mimics Mountain View and raises the minimum wage to $15.65 per hour. Employers must post the Minimum Wage Official Notice in the workplace. It’s available here in English, Spanish, and Mandarin.
For both of these cities the minimum wage is to be paid to all employees, adult or minor, who work a minimum of 2 hours a week regardless of immigration status.