El Cerrito Readying for First Minimum Wage Hike

El Cerrito readying for first minimum wage hike.

El Cerrito is preparing for the first increment of a set of four minimum wage increases to take place between July 1 and Jan. 1, 2019 that will ultimately increase base bay for all workers to $15 an hour.

The first increase, on July 1, will raise base pay for all workers to $11.60 per hour from the current statewide standard of $10 an hour. The minimum wage will then rise to $12.25 an hour on Jan. 1, 2017 and $13.60 per hour on Jan. 1, 2018 before climbing to $15 an hour a year later. From then on it will increase annually according to the local Consumer Price Index. Also:

• The minimum wage requirements apply to part-time or full-time employees in El Cerrito who work at least two hours a week.
• Tips received by restaurant workers or other tipped employees do not count toward meeting the minimum wage requirement.
• Employers will be required to post the city’s official minimum wage bulletin in the workplace.
• If 10 percent or more of workers speak a language other than English, the bulletin must also be posted in that language.
• All employees must receive a written copy of the employer’s name, address and telephone number.
• Employers must also document all hours worked by employees and keep records for at least three years and, upon request, provide employees with a written copy of their records within 10 days and allow city representatives access to worksites and records.
• It is against the law for employers to discriminate or retaliate against employees for exercising their rights under the ordinance.

If you should have any questions, clients should contact your HRI represent. Non-clients may send their questions to [email protected]

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