Thursday, July 2, 2015
New Minimum Wage Law Takes Effect Today
Today, Emeryville's historic 'Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Ordinance' takes effect, raising the economic prospects of and dignity for the working poor in our city. The new law guarantees all workers in Emeryville at least $12.25 per hour ($14.44 for workers at businesses with more than 55 employees) plus paid sick days. Additionally, the new law provides that employers who tack on service charges to customers must pay this additional money to the employees. Lastly, the law guards employees against retaliation from employers. The City is ready to enforce the new law with a new enforcement officer, Molly Hogan at (510) 596-4316. Punishment against employers who disregard the new law will be in the form of fines, meant to exceed the amount not paid to each employee. Enforcement will be complaint driven. Emeryville workers who aren't paid at least the minimum wage are encouraged to fill out a complaint form (linked below), provisions are available for anonymity for those employees wishing it.
Emeryville businesses must pay their employees the new minimum wage starting today.
Below is text taken from the City's website outlining the new law (the City's full website page is HERE).