The state of California and a large number of counties and cities will see increases in their respective minimum wage requirements on January 1, 2019 as well as on July 1, 2019 for others.
Minimum-wage employees in San Francisco and a few other cities got another $1 an hour raise on Sunday, July 1, 2018. This increase represents the last phase of a multi-year plan to increase the minimum wage in San Francisco to the current rate of $15.00 per hour.
For 2018 the California minimum wage is set at $11.00 per hour for businesses with 26 or more employees and, for those companies less than 25 workers, the minimum wage in California is $10.50 per hour.
Employers in California, and their payroll and HR staff, are required to monitor these situations and ensure that any affected workers are paid correctly and accordingly. Employers are required by the Industrial Welfare Commission Orders to pay nonexempt employees for regularly scheduled, but un-worked time because of the lack of proper notification or inadequate scheduling by the employer.