As of Jan. 1, minimum wage is now $13 per hour for businesses with 25 employees or less and $14 for larger employers. The increases will continue for two more years until reaching $15 in 2023.
The ag overtime law, initiated through Assembly Bill 1066 in 2016, begins this year as well. Overtime pay is triggered after 8.5 hours per day or 45 hours per week for employers with 26 or more employees. Smaller employers remain exempt from such overtime requirements until 2022, when they will have to pay overtime for workdays greater than 9.5 hours or workweeks over 55 hours.