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At Mehtani Law Offices, P.C., our Beverly Hills employment law attorneys closely monitor wage and hour requirements throughout California. 2024 brings multiple changes in differing industries, and compliance is important to our clients’ livelihoods.

Here, we discuss some of the important changes facing workforces throughout California.

Minimum Wage Throughout California

What are the New California Minimum Wage Requirements for 2024?

The minimum wage in California, effective January 1, 2024, is $16.00/hour for all employers.

However, some cities and counties have higher minimum wages than the state’s rate.

The minimum wage for California-based fast-food workers for chains with 60 or more locations around the nation will earn at least $20 an hour — $4 more than the current minimum wage rate — and varying increases for Healthcare Facility employers, effective June 1, 2024.

Is the Minimum Wage the Same for Adult and Minor Employees in California?

Yes. There is no distinction made between adults and minors when it comes to payment of the minimum wage.

May a California Employee Agree to Work for Less than the Minimum Wage?

No. The minimum wage is an employer’s obligation and cannot be waived by any agreement, including collective bargaining agreements. Any remedial legislation written for the protection of employees may not be violated by agreement between the employer and employee.

What Can a California Worker Do If Their Employer Does Not Pay At Least The Minimum Wage?

An employee who has not been paid the minimum wage can bring a legal claim to recover wages due and possibly related damages and penalties.

If you believe your California employer is not paying you the required minimum wage, contact our skilled employment lawyers in Los Angeles County at (310)-776-3590 at Mehtani Law Offices to schedule a free consultation today to discuss your unique circumstances with a law firm that can help pursue real results for your case.

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