Guide to California’s 2019 Minimum Wage

Len WilcoxCalifornia Corner

payday calendarCalifornia Citrus Mutual (CCM) has published a guide to the new minimum wage increases for agricultural employees that take effect Jan. 1, 2019, in California.

Note that the rule for exemption from overtime has changed for agricultural workers. To maintain the exemption from overtime compensation, an exempt employee’s weekly salary must be no less than two times the applicable minimum wage rate multiplied by a 40-hour work week in addition to other requirements. There are no AB-1066 changes in hours for salaried exempt employees, unlike agricultural employees.

The new wage requirements are as follows.

Employers with 26 or more employees:

  • Minimum wage: $12.00
  • Overtime applies after 9.5 hours or 55 hours
  • Overtime rate: $18.00
  • Double time rate on the seventh day after 8 hours: $24.00

Employers with 25 or fewer employees:

  • Minimum Wage: $11.00
  • Overtime applies after 10 hours and the seventh consecutive workday
  • Overtime Rate: $16.50
  • Double time rate after 8 hours on the seventh consecutive workday: $22.00

See CCM’s complete minimum wage rollout document here.

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Correspondent at Large for Citrus Industry Magazine and AgNet West