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Minimum Wage Increases Hits San Francisco

Posted by Tristan Ruhland on May 1, 2015 1:48:00 PM

Minimum-Wage-san-francisco-postAs of today, May 1, 2015, San Francisco employers must increase the minimum hourly wages of their employees to at least $12.25 per hour.

This new rate places San Francisco on par with Oakland for the highest legally mandated pay for non-salaried workers in the nation. And, according to the National Employment Law Project, an estimated 142,000 workers will benefit from the higher wages. There may not be a better time for this increase as San Francisco's economy is booming and the unemployment rate is down to 3 percent. 

Minimum Wage Law Goes Into Effect for San Francisco 

A story by Ian Tuttle in the National Review had this to say:

"'I’m hearing from a lot of customers, ‘I voted for that, and I didn’t realize it would affect you.’”

So says Brian Hibbs, owner and operator of Comix Experience, an iconic comic-book and graphic-novel shop on San Francisco’s Divisadero Street, of the city’s new minimum-wage law. San Francisco’s Proposition J, which 77 percent of voters approved in November, will raise the minimum wage in the city to $15 by 2018.

As of today, May 1, Hibbs is required by law to pay his employees at Comix Experience, and its sister store, Comix Experience Outpost on Ocean Avenue, $12.25 per hour. That’s just the first of four incremental raises that threaten to put hundreds of such shops out of business.

First of a Number of Incremental Increases

The San Francisco minimum wage is set to increase to $15 an hour over the next 36 months. For more information on the details of San Francisco's Proposition J, the minimum wage increase, and the impact it will have on city employers - as well as the similar legislation passed for the city of Oakland - please read this recent post:

New Minimum Wage Laws Will Impact Bay Area Employers



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Topics: minimum wage law, ca labor laws, minimum wage San Francisco

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