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San Jose City Council Votes to Increase Minimum Wage

On November 15, 2016, the San Jose City Council approved legislation increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour by January 1, 2019. Scheduled increases to the minimum wage are as follows:

  • January 1, 2017: $10.50 per hour.
  • July 1, 2017: $12 per hour.
  • January 1, 2018: $13.50 per hour.
  • January 1, 2019: $15 per hour.

Beginning in 2020, the San Jose minimum wage will be adjusted annually based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Read the City’s News Release
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Voters Approve Recreational Marijuana Initiative

On November 8, 2016, California voters approved the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (also known as Proposition 64). Proposition 64 legalizes recreational marijuana for individuals over the age of 21.

In regards to employment, Proposition 64 explicitly permits “public and private employers to enact and enforce workplace policies pertaining to marijuana.” Furthermore, it provides that it does not amend, repeal, affect, restrict, or pre-empt “the rights and obligations of public and private employers to maintain a drug and alcohol free workplace or require an employer to permit or accommodate the use, consumption, possession, transfer, display, transportation, sale, or growth of marijuana in the workplace, or affect the ability of employers to have policies prohibiting the use of marijuana by employees and prospective employees, or prevent employers from complying with state or federal law.”

Therefore, while the possession and recreational use of marijuana is legal under Proposition 64, employers are not required to permit employees to possess or use it in the workplace. In addition, as marijuana is still a Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act, employers may still rely on federal law to refuse to hire applicants who tested positive for marijuana use.

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Cupertino City Council Votes to Increase Minimum Wage

On October 4, 2016, the Cupertino City Council approved legislation (Ordinance No. 2151) establishing a citywide minimum wage as part of a regional effort to increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2019. Scheduled increases to the Cupertino minimum wage are as follows:

  • January 1, 2017: $12 per hour.
  • January 1, 2018: $13.50 per hour.
  • January 1, 2019: $15 per hour.

Beginning in 2020, the Cupertino minimum wage will be adjusted annually based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Read Ordinance No. 2151
Visit the Cupertino Minimum Wage Web Page

Los Altos City Council Votes to Increase Minimum Wage

On September 27, 2016, the Los Altos Council approved legislation (Ordinance No. 2016-424) establishing a citywide minimum wage as part of a regional effort to increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2019. Scheduled increases to the Los Altos minimum wage are as follows:

  • January 1, 2017: $12 per hour.
  • January 1, 2018: $13.50 per hour.
  • January 1, 2019: $15 per hour.

Beginning in 2020, the Los Altos minimum wage will be adjusted annually based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Read Ordinance No. 2016-424
Visit the City’s Minimum Wage Web Page