Emeryville Adopts Minimum Wage Increase and Paid Sick Leave

On June 2, 2015 the City Council of the City of Emeryville passed its Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Ordinance. According to information received from the city’s Economic Development and Housing Division Community Development Department, the new wage and paid sick leave provisions go into effect on July 1, 2015 and the city will begin enforcement on July 2, 2015.

The ordinance will require small businesses, defined in Emeryville as 55 or fewer employees, to pay employees $12.25 per hour.

Businesses with more than 55 employees will be required to pay $14.44 per hour.

Thereafter, the minimum wage rate will increase every year with the rate for small businesses increasing more gradually than for large businesses. By July 1, 2018, small businesses must pay $15 per hour. For large businesses, the yearly increases will be tied to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and by July 2018, the estimated rate should be $15.60 per hour.

After July 2018, the minimum wage rate for both small and large businesses will be tied to the CPI. This means the minimum wage rate in Emeryville may be nearly $16 an hour by 2019 – one of the highest rates in the country.

The Emeryville ordinance also contains a paid sick leave provision, which includes additional paid sick leave benefits beyond the state requirements. The ordinance also contains notice and posting requirements.

Source: HR California

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