Last year, California enacted a law (SB 525) raising the minimum wage for many healthcare workers to as much as $25 per hour.  The minimum wage hikes were scheduled to take effect June 1, 2024.  However, California has a huge budget deficit, which makes compliance with the increased wages a challenge for the state.  Because of this, negotiations between state lawmakers have been ongoing to delay the implementation of the law.  In May, the wage increases were temporarily delayed by one month to July 1, 2024.  Now, the wage increases have been further delayed via state budget bills, which were passed this week.  Under one of the budget bills (SB 159), the healthcare worker minimum wage increases will take effect October 15, 2024 if state revenues exceed projections by at least 3% over the next three months.  If not, the wage increases will not take effect until January 1, 2025.  The amendment will be codified as California Labor Code section 1182.16.

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Robin Largent has been advising and defending employers for over twenty years, primarily in California state and federal courts.  Robin’s practice focuses on the defense of wage and hour class and representative (PAGA) actions.  Robin’s practice also focuses heavily on compliance and advice…

Robin Largent has been advising and defending employers for over twenty years, primarily in California state and federal courts.  Robin’s practice focuses on the defense of wage and hour class and representative (PAGA) actions.  Robin’s practice also focuses heavily on compliance and advice on best practices to prevent and mitigate the risks of employment litigation.  Robin also regularly defends employers ranging from small, locally owned businesses to large national corporations in single plaintiff employment litigation involving claims for discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, and wrongful termination.  Robin has substantial appellate experience and success handling appeals, writ petitions, and amicus briefs in both state and federal courts on issues such as class certification (particularly in the wage and hour arena), manageability and due process concerns associated with class action trials, novel issues of interpretation of wage and hour laws, exempt/non-exempt misclassification issues, meal and rest break compliance, trade secret/unfair competition matters, and the scope of federal court jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act.  Finally, Robin is well-known for her former role as Editor and primary author of the California Labor and Employment Law Blog for close to a decade.