Minimum Wage Increase Takes Effect July 1, 2014


A friendly reminder to all clients! The first phase of the minimum wage increase takes effect July 1, 2014, and will increase the mandated minimum wage from $8.00 to $9.00 per hour. Also effective July 1, 2014, the following revised posting and notice requirements take effect in California:

  • Employers must prominently display a poster showing the new, $9.00 per hour, minimum wage.
  • Employers must start using an updated Workers’ Compensation brochure containing new pre-designation regulations. Employers must provide their employees, at the time of hire or by the end of the first pay period, with the Workers’ Compensation brochure.
  • Employers must start using updated Paid Family Leave brochures containing new family member definitions, which now include grandparents, grand-children, siblings, and parents-in-law. The brochures should be provided to new hires and to employees who take a qualifying leave.

California’s wage orders generally require that any employee classified under the executive, professional, or administrative exemptions be paid a salary of not less than twice the prevailing minimum wage. Under the current minimum wage laws, that means exempt employees must be compensated based upon an annual salary of not less than $33,280. However once the minimum wage increase takes effect on July 1, 2014, exempt employees will have to be compensated based upon an annual salary of not less than $37,440.

Certain employees – such as those who are required to provide their own tools to perform the functions of their job may also be affected by the minimum wage increase.

HR Advisors has mailed out updated posters. Please replace your current poster with the updated version. We will be sending out the updated Paid Family Leave (PFL) and Workers’ Compensation (WC) pamphlets as soon as we receive them. If you have any questions, please contact us immediately so we may assist you.