California Employment Law Update – November 2018

California

City of Mountain View Minimum Wage Increase

In November 2018, the City of Mountain View announced that employers who are subject to the Mountain View Business License Tax or who maintain a facility in Mountain View must pay to each employee who performs at least two hours of work per week in Mountain View, minimum wages of at least $15.65 per hour.

This rate is effective January 1, 2019, and annually thereafter, the city will adjust the minimum wage based on the Regional Consumer Price Index.

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City of Sunnyvale Minimum Wage Increase

On October 31, 2018, the City of Sunnyvale announced that employers who are subject to the Sunnyvale Business License Tax or who maintain a facility in Sunnyvale must pay to each employee who performs at least two hours of work per week in Sunnyvale wages of no less than $15.65 per hour.

This rate is effective January 1, 2019.

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2019 City of Alameda Minimum Wage Increase

The City of Alameda minimum wage will increase as follows:

  • $13.50 per hour on July 1, 2019.
  • $15 per hour on July 1, 2020.

Beginning July 1, 2022, and on July 1 of every year thereafter, the minimum wage then in effect will be adjusted by the increase in the cost of living of up to 5 percent. For example, if the February 2021 to February 2022 increase in the cost of living is 5 percent, then the minimum wage as of July 1, 2022 would be $15.75 ($15 x 1.05 = $15.75).

See the minimum wage ordinance

2019 City of Richmond Minimum Wage Increase

In October 2018, the City of Richmond announced that the city’s minimum wage will increase to $15 per hour. Employers must pay employees no less than the city’s minimum wage for each hour worked within the geographic boundaries of the City of Richmond.

This increased rate is effective January 1, 2019.

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2019 Overtime Exemption for Computer Software Employees

On October 19, 2018, the California Department of Industrial Relations released a memorandum announcing the adjusted computer software employee minimum hourly rate of pay exemption from $43.58 to $45.41, the minimum monthly salary exemption from $7,565.85 to $7,883.62, and the minimum annual salary exemption from $90,790.07 to $94,603.25. These adjusted figures reflect the 4.2 percent increase in the California Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers.

The new amounts are effective January 1, 2019.

See the memo

2019 Overtime Exemption for Licensed Physicians and Surgeons

On October 19, 2018, the California Department of Industrial Relations released a memorandum announcing the adjusted licensed physicians and surgeons minimum hourly rate of pay exemption from $79.39 to $82.72, reflecting the 4.2 percent increase in the California Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers.

These adjusted amounts are effective January 1, 2019.

See the memo

2019 City of Cupertino Minimum Wage Increase

In October 2018, the City of Cupertino announced its minimum wage will increase to $15 per hour for all employees who perform two or more hours per week in Cupertino, regardless of immigration status.

This rate is effective January 1, 2019.

See the announcement