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New California Employment Law is Good News for Some Workers

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Workers in three southern California cities have reasons to celebrate due to recent and upcoming changes in local Employment Law.

When San Diego's newly passed employment laws go into effect, which will probably be in mid-July, workers there will be able to accumulate up to five days or 40 hours of paid sick leave. Also, their minimum wage will rise to $10.50 per hour.

The minimum wage in Los Angeles will also rise to $10.50 per hour as of July 1, 2016. L.A. workers will get six days or 48 hours of paid sick leave per year, starting on either July 1, 2016, or January 1, 2017, depending on the size of the employer.

Santa Monica employees are doing even better when it comes to sick leave. They may accumulate up to 72 hours of paid sick leave per year, starting on January 1, 2017.

Here in San Jose, the minimum wage law has not changed recently, but San Jose workers currently receive a minimum wage of $10.30 per hour, which is almost as much as the new rates in San Diego and L.A. San Jose's minimum wage goes up every year if the cost-of-living has gone up. However if the cost-of-living remains the same or goes down, as it did in 2015, then the minimum wage remains the same.

Employers in San Jose must follow the California state law which says they must provide workers with at least three days or 24 hours of paid sick leave per year.

If you need more information about your employment rights anywhere in the Bay Area, please contact us to set up a free, confidential consultation.

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