2023 Minimum Wage Hike Brings Changes for California Employers


Minimum Wage Hike Brings Change

In 2016, then-Governor Edmund G. Brown signed SB 3, a bill that increases the minimum wage in California to $15 per hour by 2022. The governor's action made California the first state in the nation to commit to raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour statewide.

Large businesses with 26 or more employees began complying on January 1, 2017, and will reach $15 per hour in 2022.

Originally, small businesses had until 2023 to reach the $15-per-hour rate, but on July 27, 2022, the California Department of Finance certified that the state minimum wage will increase to $15.50 per hour for all employers effective January 1, 2023.

Employers need to prepare for the minimum wage increase by analyzing other pay practices that might be affected.

Download CalChamber's free white paper to learn more, including:

  • Scheduled increases to the minimum wage
  • Affected pay practices such as overtime rate and employee classifications
  • Posters and notices
  • Local Ordinances
  • Best practices


Published August 29, 2022

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