Although we have barely scratched the surface on 2017, the California Legislature is already active on the labor and employment front, with a number of new (or not so new) proposals being introduced in the first weeks of the legislative session.
These proposals continue the trend of local and state efforts in recent years focused on part-time work, equal pay requirements, and family leave policies. Several of these bills have already earned the “job killer” moniker from the California Chamber of Commerce.
Time was, answering the question “What is the minimum wage?” was simple. There was the federal minimum wage and the state minimum wage, and for most California employers, only the latter number really mattered. Now the answer to the question is “It depends.” As California employers begin a new year they face a confusing patchwork of laws regarding the minimum wage.