The Spotlight is on California City Posters

California labor laws have always changed frequently. So far in 2015 there has already been a new Paid Sick Leave poster, and changes to the Workplace Discrimination poster and the Notice B poster. If your business is located in California you’re probably aware of the California state labor posters. You may even be too aware of them.

But did you know that there are cities in California that are required to post labor law notices? Many cities in California have created their own labor laws, such as increased minimum wage and paid sick leave laws. If you are located in one of these cities you are required to have city posters as well as state and federal labor posters:

  • Los Angeles (City): This will be another large city poster due to the extensive language requirements; the law requires the labor law poster be posted in a minimum of  12 different languages! Can you guess them all? The minimum wage, which will be $10.50 per hour on July 1st, 2016, is required to be posted in English, Spanish, Chinese (both Cantonese and Mandarin), Hindi, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Armenian, Russian, and Farsi by all employers, as well as in any other language spoken by at least 5% of the workforce of the workplace. Wow!
  • Berkeley: This city poster came out last year when Berkeley passed a minimum wage of $10.00 per hour on October 1st, 2014. The minimum wage will increase to $11.00 per hour on October 1st, 2015 and then finally to $12.53 per hour on October 1st, 2016.
  • Oakland: One of the newest additions to the city poster family, this poster was created in February 2015. New paid sick leave and minimum wage laws were passed, creating the need for an Oakland labor poster. As of March 2nd, 2015 Oakland has a minimum wage of $12.25 per hour. The minimum wage update will continue to occur annually on January 1st.
  • Richmond: This poster made its first appearance on January 1st, 2015 when Richmond created a new minimum wage law. The Richmond minimum wage started at $9.60 per hour and will have an annual minimum wage update every January 1st.
  • San Jose: This is another poster that came out to reflect a new minimum wage law. San Jose requires a Minimum Wage Poster, with the minimum wage set to $10.30 per hour as of January 1st, 2015. San Jose will also have an annual minimum wage increase every January 1st.
  • Sunnyvale: You may have noticed a pattern here. The minimum wage has been a main component in the creation of the city posters. In Sunnyvale, the minimum wage began at $10.30 per hour on January 1st, 2015 and will have annual increases every January 1st.
  • Emeryville: Emeryville has a city poster including both paid sick leave and minimum wage notices. For the minimum wage, which took effect July 1st 2015, the amount you are required to pay employees is determined by the size of your business. For 56 or more employees, the minimum wage is $14.44 per hour and for 55 or fewer, it is $12.25 per hour. The wage will increase annually through July 2018.
  • Mountain View: This new city poster features information regarding the minimum wage law that took effect on  July 1, 2015. The new minimum wage is now $10.30 per hour and will be adjusted annually on January 1st.
  • San Francisco: The San Francisco city poster has been around for several years and is probably one of the more comprehensive posters, having a total of 5 required labor law ordinances: Minimum Wage, Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance, Paid Sick Leave, Health Care Security Ordinance and Fair Chance Ordinance. The most recent mandatory change occurred to the San Francisco minimum wage, which increased to $12.25 per hour as of May 1st, 2015 and will increase annually on July 1st through 2018. The San Francisco city poster must be displayed by all employers in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Tagalog.

California isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Listed below are cities and counties considering new laws that would require their own posters as well.

  • Palo Alto: May pass a minimum wage law requiring businesses to pay employees $15.00 per hour by 2018. The full council committee will be voting on the ordinance.
  • Sacramento: Surprise! Another minimum wage increase could be on the horizon depending on the results of a study conducted by the University of Sacramento.
  • San Diego:
  • Los Angeles (County): The minimum wage is currently being discussed by county supervisors.

This is the end of our introduction to the California city posters. If your business is located in California, it’s important to know that the California labor law posters are constantly updating and California is leading the country in the number of cities that require labor posters.

The best way to ensure your compliance is to enroll in a labor law poster service. Poster Compliance Center’s OneSystem 1-Year Compliance Plan will take care of all your state and federal labor law poster needs, and our City Poster 1-Year Plan will do the same for the city posters. The best part is, when you order the OneSystem and the City Poster 1-Year Plan together, you will automatically save $10.00. If you’re interested in this deal, call Poster Compliance Center at 800-322-3636.

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