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California’s Minimum Wage Rate to Increase on Jan. 1, 2024



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July 31, 2023 California announced a $16 minimum wage rate for 2024. Jan. 1, 2024 Effective date for the new state minimum wage rate. Based the U.S. consumer price index, California has determined that the state’s minimum wage must increase to $16 per hour on Jan. 1, 2024.


California’s Minimum Wage Rate to Increase on Jan. 1, 2024 The California Department of Finance(the Department) has announced that the state hourly minimum wage will increase to $16 per hour on Jan. 1, 2024. The new rate will apply to all employers, regardless of how many individuals they employ.

California’s Minimum Wage Rate As of Jan. 1, 2023, California’s minimum wage rate no longer depends on employer size and will be adjusted annually to account for the cost of inflation. New rates must be published by the Department by July 31 of each year. Based on the U.S. consumer price index for the 12-monthperiod from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023, the Department has determined that California’s minimum wage must increase by 3.5% to $16.00 per hour on Jan. 1, 2024. Overtime Exemption Thresholds The state minimum wage rate also determines the salary requirements for exempt executive, administrative and professional (EAP) employees. Under Labor Code Section515(a), EAP employeesqualify for an overtime exemptionif, among other things, they “earn a monthly salary equivalent to no less than two times the state minimum wage for full-time employment.” As a result, beginning Jan. 1, 2024, these employees must receive an annual salary of at least $66,560 ($5,546.67 monthly or $1,280 weekly). Impact on Employers California employers update their payroll processes and procedures to comply with the new minimum wage rate by Jan. 1, 2024. Employers should also account for local ordinances that establish higher minimum wage rates for employees. However, higher local ordinance rates do not affect the state salary requirements for the EAP overtime pay exemption.


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