California’s new law that creates a separate minimum wage applicable only to fast food restaurant employees took effect on April 1, 2024. Under Labor Code Section 1475 (LC 1475), this minimum wage is $20 per hour. It represents a significant increase from the current statewide minimum wage of $16 that went into effect at the beginning of the year. Many local jurisdictions within the state already have a minimum wage above $16 per hour, but none as high as $20 per hour. Continue Reading California’s new minimum wage for fast food restaurants took effect this month

As we are now in the final quarter of 2015, New York State employers should begin preparing for the many impending minimum wage increases – yes, there will be multiple increases – all of which take effect December 31, 2015. The details of each are discussed below.

General Increase for Non-Exempt and Exempt Workers

The change impacting the broadest range of New York employers will be the jump in the minimum wage rate for almost all non-exempt (i.e., hourly) employees, from $8.75/hour to $9.00/hour. This raise marks a near 25 percent increase over the past two years in the statewide minimum wage. In addition, the minimum salary for certain exempt employees – those who meet the executive and administrative overtime exemptions – will increase from $656.25/week to $675.00/week.
Continue Reading Reminder for N.Y. Employers: Multiple Minimum Wage Hikes Take Effect at Year’s End