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Fast Food Council Will Set Minimum Wage for Workers in California

BY: Lia Coniglio, Esq. | 09/23/22

Legislation establishes a Fast Food Council in California that will include state agency representatives along with fast-food restaurant franchisors, franchisees, employees, and advocates. The council is tasked with setting industry minimum standards on wages, work hours, and other working conditions, including health and safety, the right to take time off for protected purposes, and protection from discrimination and harassment [A.B. 257, L. 2022; Office of the Governor, News Release, 9-5-22].

For 2023, any minimum wage established by the council cannot be more than $22 per hour. Effective January 1, 2024, and annually thereafter, the highest hourly minimum wage that may be established by the council can increase by no more than the lesser of one of the following, rounded to the nearest 10 cents: 3.5% or the rate of change in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers set by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Lia Coniglio, Esq., is Managing Editor of PayState Update and Senior Manager of State Payroll Information Resources for the APA.