What is Minimum Wage?
Minimum wage is the lowest hourly amount that an employee may be paid for their work. Minimum wage is determined by both state and federal labor laws in the United States.
Under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act, states and localities are permitted to set their own minimum wage rates, which will take precedence over the federal minimum wage rate if they are higher.
In California, the current state minimum wage is $13.00/hour for employers with 25 employees or less and $14/hour for employers with 26 or more employees.
Effective January 1, 2022, in California, the state minimum wage will be increased to $14.00/hour for employers with 25 employees or less and $15/hour for employers with 26 or more employees.
In Santa Clara County, some cities have their own Wage Ordinances that have higher minimum wage rates than the state.