Periodically, the laws are changed to provide better wages for hourly workers. In California, with the dawn of a new year, hourly workers will receive an increase. For San Diego workers, it is important to be aware of the major and minor details of these new laws to ensure they are receiving what they are supposed to in pay. If there is a mistake, the employer does not pay the full amount or other issues arise, it is imperative to be aware of the available options to get what is owed. That could be through discussing the situation or pursuing a case in court.
Understanding the new minimum wage laws and who is eligible
Starting in January, the minimum wage will change. There is a slight difference between what the state law mandates and what San Diego employers are obligated to pay to comply. The amount workers will be paid depends on the size of the workplace and how many employees there are. The state law says that if there are 25 or fewer, the minimum wage will be $14. If there are 26 or more, it will be $15. In San Diego, however, it is different.
Regardless of the size of the workforce, all employers in San Diego must pay $15 per hour. It is important for area residents to be cognizant of whether they fall into the city limits to be eligible for the increase regardless of state law. Those who do not will be under the laws for most of California with the accompanying size requirements. By 2023, every worker will receive $15 per hour.
If employers are violating the law, it is important to seek help
Simply because a new law is set to go into effect does not mean employers will abide by it. This can be the catalyst for wage and hour disputes. Failure to pay workers the appropriate wage is an ongoing problem that impacts people across the financial spectrum. Frequently, employees are unaware of the law, are fearful that if they complain they will face ramifications on the job or think they have nowhere to turn. The minimum wage law applies to many jobs including those in which workers also receive tips. When there is a concern that employers are not paying what they are supposed to under the law, having assistance be key to pursuing those wages and holding employers accountable.