Recent Minimum Wage Increase and Its Effect On Charter Public Schools

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January 5, 2018 Question: How does "Senate Bill (SB)-3 Minimum wage: in-home supportive services: paid sick days" (SB-3) impact charter public schools?

Answer: Passed in April 2016, SB-3 aims to raise California's mandatory minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. SB-3 applies to all public and private employers, including charter public schools.

There is a different timeline for reaching $15 per hour depending upon whether or not an organization has more than 25 employees. As illustrated below, the initial increase of the minimum wage to $10.50/hour went into effect on January 1, 2017, for employers with 26 or more employees. Those organizations will now need to increase the minimum wage to $11/hour beginning on January 1, 2018. Beginning on January 1, 2018, the minimum wage will increase to $10.50/hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees.

In addition, it is important for charter schools to check the local minimum wage requirements of the cities in which they are located. Some cities have passed local ordinances resulting in minimum wage rates that exceed the state requirements.

Read SB-3 here: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billHistoryClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB3

Scheduled Wage Increases (If No Increases Are Paused)

26 Employees or More

  • $10.50/hour on January 1, 2017
  • $11/hour on January 1, 2018
  • $12/hour on January 1, 2019
  • $13/hour on January 1, 2020
  • $14/hour on January 1, 2021
  • $15/hour on January 1, 2022

25 Employees or Less

  • $10.50/hour on January 1, 2018
  • $11/hour on January 1, 2019
  • $12/hour on January 1, 2020
  • $13/hour on January 1, 2021
  • $14/hour on January 1, 2022
  • $15/hour on January 1, 2023