|Menifee resident Matthew Duarte and his colleagues at Davis & Wojcik, APLC, are available to provide assistance with California labor and employment law.|
Davis & Wojcik, APLC
Summer is just around the corner, but this year the temperature is not the only thing on the rise. Beginning July 1, 2014, the minimum wage in California will increase to $9.00 per hour. The bill, signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in September of last year, also calls for a second increase to $10.00 per hour effective January 2016.
California is one of only 19 states in the country which has passed laws setting their local minimum wage above the federal level of $7.25 an hour. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the wage increase will affect over 3 million workers in the State. Proponents of the bill argued that California’s minimum wage needed to be adjusted in order to account for the higher cost of living, while detractors argued the wage increase would negatively impact an already fragile economy.
Regardless of where you stand on the issue, employees and employers alike must be mindful of these upcoming changes. An employer’s failure to comply with California wage and hour regulations can potentially result in significant penalties. This can include not only failing to meet minimum wage obligations, but also failing to provide timely meal and rest periods or accurate overtime calculations. Additionally, California also has stringent laws prohibiting retaliation and discrimination in the workplace. For all these reasons, it is important for everyone in California to keep apprised of the recent updates in California law.
To learn more about California labor and employment law, speak with an attorney at Davis & Wojcik, APLC. With years of experience serving Menifee and the surrounding area in fields including employment law, real estate disputes, probate litigation and criminal defense, the attorneys of Davis & Wojcik are available to assist you in a variety of legal matters.
For more information from experienced legal counsel you can trust, contact an attorney at Davis & Wojcik today at (951) 652-9000 or visit their website at www.davisandwojcik.com.
Matthew Duarte is an associate attorney at Davis & Wojcik, APLC with experience in civil and criminal litigation. He is the President of the Mt. San Jacinto/Hemet Bar Association, Vice President of the Hemet-San Jacinto Chapter of the National Exchange Club, a Barrister in the Southwest Inn of Court, and a member of the Rotary Club of Menifee. Mr. Duarte lives in Menifee with his wife, Cody, and their two children.