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1939 - Death of Harald Sandberg; built Sandberg's Summit Hotel on the Ridge Route [story]
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The Department of Industrial Relations reminds California’s employers and workers that effective Jan. 1, 2016, the state’s minimum wage will increase to $10 per hour.

“This increase in the minimum wage is California’s second increase in 18 months. Those earning minimum wage will now have a bit more to take home every paycheck,” said Labor Commissioner Julie Su. The Labor Commissioner’s Office is a division of DIR.

Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation on September 25, 2013, raising California’s minimum wage to $9 per hour on July 1, 2014, with a final adjustment to $10 per hour on January 1, 2016. It marked the first increase inCalifornia’s hourly minimum since 2008, when the minimum wage was raised 50 cents to $8.

Note to Secret Service: This image was provided by the Calif. Dept. of Industrial Relations

Note to Secret Service: This image was provided by the Calif. Dept. of Industrial Relations.

State law requires employers to post information on wages, hours and working conditions at a worksite area accessible to employees. Notices for the wage orders in English and Spanish can be downloaded and printed from the Workplace postings page on the DIR website.

Almost all employees in California must be paid the minimum wage as required by state law. Workers who are paid less than the minimum wage may file a wage claim with the Labor Commissioner’s office.

DIR protects and improves the health, safety and economic well-being of over 18 million wage earners, and helps their employers comply with state labor laws.

DIR’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), also known as the Labor Commissioner’s Office, enforces prevailing wage rates and apprenticeship standards in public works projects, inspects workplaces for wage and hour violations, adjudicates wage claims, investigates retaliation complaints, issues licenses and registrations for businesses and educates the public on labor laws.

Employees with work-related questions or complaints may contact DIR’s Call Center in English or Spanish at 844-LABOR-DIR (844-522-6734). The California Workers’ Information line at 866-924-9757 provides recorded information in English and Spanish on a variety of work-related topics.

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  1. SO_CAL_RETAIL_SLUT says:

    For those who work in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County – which for the Santa Clarita Valley for all practical purposes is everything west of the I-5 and the shopping center on Copper Hill across from Tesoro Del Valle, and all of Castaic north and west of the 126/Newhall Ranch Road the minimum wage increases even more on July 1, 2016:

    If you work for an employer that has more than 26 employees:

    July 1, 2016: $10.50
    July 1, 2017: $12.00
    July 1, 2018: $13.25
    July 1, 2019: $14.25
    July 1, 2020: $15.00

    Basically, for those who work in the unincorporated ares, they will see a bump of $1.50 per hour by July 1, 2016, and since July 1, 2014, they will have seen an increase of $2.50 per hour!

    The next big hit to employers is on July 1, 2017 when the minimum wage increases $1.50 an hour! In three years, those working in the unincorporated areas will have seen their hourly wage increase a staggering $4.00 an hour!

    Think about it – that equates to $160.00 a week, $694 a month and here’s the big shock – $8320 a year! What employer can afford that kind of increase? That’s not counting the rest of the increases at $15.00 an hour.

    If you use June 30, 2014 as the base wage year, by 2020 they will be making $7.00 more per hour, $280 more per week, $1213 more per month, and $14560 per year all in 6 years!

    What really hasn’t been discussed publicly around town is how many jobs – whether full and/or part-time will but cut/lost/shed in the unincorporated areas because of the unsustainable hourly wage increases facing employers, and those same employers who now have an economic disadvantage/liability to those employers operating within the city limits of Santa Clarita who do not have to pay the higher hourly minimum wage.

    If you have less than 26 employees, the 3 members of the Board of Supervisors who voted for this ugly wage increase are giving you a “gift” – you get to delay the hourly wage increases by one year…WOW!!

    Who wants to guess how many and which businesses will outright close and others such as those in the industrial areas will shed jobs and/or relocate to other areas to avoid the hgse wage increase?

    The Santa Clarita Valley’s business-friendly community has been killed by 3 Board of Supervisors who DO NOT represent the Santa Clarita Valley.

    SO_CAL_REATIL_SLUT

    • SCVNews.com says:

      Although you are absolutely correct, most political people on both sides of the city-county border expect the state Legislature to raise the minimum wage to $15 long before we would see an appreciable difference between city and county. :(

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