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    December 06, 2018
    Effective Jan. 1, 2019, the minimum wage for California employers with 25 or less employees increases from $10.50 to $11.00. Employers with 26 or more employees will see the minimum wage increase from $11 to $12.

    The state minimum wage will reach $15 by 2022. Once the minimum wage reaches $15 per hour for all businesses, wages could then be increased each year up to 3.5 percent (rounded to the nearest 10 cents) for inflation as measured by the national Consumer Price Index.

    Accorfing to the California Department of Industrial Relations, some exceptions to exist.  Among them is an exception for learners, regardless of age, who may be paid not less than 85 percent of the minimum wage rounded to the nearest nickel during their first 160 hours of employment in occupations in which they have no previous similar or related experience.

    There are also exceptions for employees who are mentally or physically disabled, or both, and for nonprofit organizations such as sheltered workshops or rehabilitation facilities that employ disabled workers. Such individuals and organizations may be issued a special license by the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement authorizing employment at a wage less than the legal minimum wage. Labor Code Sections 1191 and 1191.5

    For more information, please contact your HR specialist.  More from the Department of Industrial Relations can be found here