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California Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage Requirements

There are federal, state, and local minimum wage requirements.  Check with the following agencies for current minimum wage information:

California Department of Industrial Relations, Industrial Welfare Commission is responsible for labor law in California including wages, hours of work, and conditions of employment.  The California minimum wage is $8.00 per hour.  A history of the state minimum wage is available on their Web site.

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) enforces the Fair Employment and Labor Standards Act, which sets minimum and overtime pay rates.  The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour as of July 24, 2009.  A comparison of state minimum wages is available on DOL's Web site.

The City and County of San Francisco, Office of Labor Standards Enforcement, enforces a Minimum Compensation Ordinance ("Living Wage/Living Health") that applies to certain employers in the city and county.  Requirements vary, and the rate is adjusted based on increases in the regional consumer price index.

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