Employees in California have considerable protections under state law. One of these is being paid at least the state minimum wage.
Understanding minimum wage laws in California is crucial, for both employees and employers. Here are three key aspects to keep in mind:
1: Minimum wage may vary
In California, the state minimum wage is not a one-size-fits-all figure. It can vary based on several factors, including the employer’s size and the specific city or county where the business is located. Many California cities and counties have enacted local minimum wage ordinances, which can be higher than the state minimum. As of December 2023, West Hollywood has the highest minimum wage, which is set at $19.08 per hour.
2: Exceptions exist
There are certain exceptions to the minimum wage rules in California. These exceptions include workers classified as independent contractors and certain types of apprentices or learners. Additionally, there are specific rules for tipped employees. Employers and employees must be aware of these exceptions to ensure compliance with the law and understand their rights and obligations.
3: Agreements aren’t valid
In California, an employer and employee agreement to pay less than the minimum wage isn’t valid or legally enforceable. This means that even if an employee agrees to work for less than the minimum wage, the employer is still legally required to pay the minimum wage rate.
Claims regarding wages and hours are taken seriously in California. Anyone involved in these cases should have someone on their side who can help them ensure their rights are being protected.