California has been gradually increasing its minimum wage each year since 2017, and this will continue as we move into 2022. On January 1, 2022, businesses can expect the mandatory minimum wage to increase to:
If you pay any employees minimum wage, your company should already be ready to increase their wages beginning on January 1. There is no leeway or additional adjustment time when it comes to the increase.
When you increase the minimum wage, you also must increase the overtime rate that corresponds to the higher hourly wage. You can bet that employees will be anxious to receive the pay increase, and they might file unpaid wage complaints if their wages do not increase as they should, when they should.
Even if you follow all the new guidelines, you might still face possible complaints from employees alleging unpaid wages. This could be due to an employee mistake or misunderstanding or potentially errors on your end. In either situation, it is critical to address the matter as soon as possible.
Often, having a Walnut Creek employment lawyer review the complaint right away will allow us to identify the source of the unpaid wage complaint and whether it is valid or not. We can then take the necessary steps to rectify the matter, hopefully avoiding any further legal action on the part of your employees.
If your company has any concerns about the increasing minimum wage or current wage complaints, do not hesitate to reach out to Yudien Law Firm, PC. We assist businesses of all types with a wide range of labor and employment issues, so please contact us for more information today.