HR Policy

California New Law: Pay Ranges

The California legislature passed a law requiring employers with 15 or more employees to provide the pay range for all positions including the publication of each employer’s information on the internet. The purpose of the pay transparency bill is to increase pay equity within organizations, eliminating disparities. Employees that are aware of the pay structure in their company have increased commitment. It is essential to implement consistent protocols to ensure job ads reflect accurate pay scales. Using compensation benchmarks such as researching your industry’s market pricing for each position is one strategy to create fairness in wages. Employees are entitled to a nondiscriminatory workplace therefore; it is important to have yearly compensation reviews to guarantee that your company is striving for equitable pay ranges. If you need help determining the market rate for each position and pay ranges, please reach out to us! We can assist.

HR Policy

California Employers State Minimum Wage Update

Beginning January 1, 2023, the California state minimum wage will be $15.50/hour for all employers!

This state minimum wage rate is used to determine the salary threshold for most salary exempt positions. This means, for 2023, you will need to ensure all exempt employees earn at least $64,480 per year.

2023 Local Minimum Wage Rate Increases

These local minimum wage rate increases go into effect on January 1, 2023:

Belmont: $16.75/hour

Burlingame: $16.47/hour

Cupertino: $17.20/hour

Daly City: $16.07/hour

El Cerrito: $17.35/hour

Foster City: $16.50/hour

Half Moon Bay: $16.45/hour

Hayward: $16.34/hour for employers with 26 or more employees; $15.50/hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees

Los Altos: $17.20/hour

Menlo Park: $16.20/hour

Mountain View: $18.15/hour

Novato: $16.32/hour for employers with 100 or more employees; $16.07/hour for employers with 26-99 employees; $15.53/hour for employers with 1-25 employees;

Oakland: $15.97/hour

Palo Alto: $17.25/hour

Petaluma: $17.06/hour

Redwood City: $17/hour

Richmond: $16.17/hour

San Carlos: $16.32/hour

San Diego (city): $16.30/hour

San Jose: $17/hour

San Mateo (city): $16.75/hour

Santa Clara: $17.20/hour

Santa Rosa: $17.06/hour

Sonoma (city): $17/hour for employers with 26 or more employees; $16/hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees

South San Francisco: $16.70/hour

Sunnyvale: $17.95/hour

West Hollywood: $17.50/hour for employers with 50 or more employees; $17/hour for employers with less than 50 employees.

Employee Engagement

Holiday Parties!

Tis’ the Season of Company Holiday Parties!

The holiday season is a perfect time to show gratitude for your employees and it is your responsibility to create a safe and welcoming environment inside and outside the workplace. As leaders, it is important to consider a few extra steps to take when throwing a Holiday party.

Remind participants that work policies are still applicable.

Make the event voluntary, if not, hours attended are considered “hours worked” and could trickle into overtime pay that your company will be responsible for.

Be inclusive; guarantee that the holiday party is non-denominational.

If serving alcohol,

Redistribute drug/alcohol policy.

Consider limiting intake by providing 2-3 tickets.

Serve food, coffee and water.

Prepare activities for the last couple of hours.

Offer transportation, rideshares, or designated driver incentives.

Redistribute your company’s harassment policy especially if there is alcohol consumption.

Gift exchange? Gauge the money spent and nature of the gift