Bay Area City Council approves $13/hr minimum wage

Bay Area City Council approves $13/hr minimum wage

The Bay Area City Council has unanimously agreed to phase in an increase in minimum wage to $13 per hour by the year of 2018 and link the minimum wage to inflation thereafter.

The new minimum wage increase schedule is expected to formally take effect later this month and begin at $9.60 per hour on January 1, 2015. However, it includes two key exemptions.

Employers that pay less than eight hundred hours of employee wages over a period of two weeks will be exempt from the new rules. But, these businesses must still have to pay the state's current minimum wage of $8 per hour.

Richmond employers, which derive more than 50 per cent of their earnings from transactions outlets situated outside the city, will have to pay an intermediate wage - halfway wage between minimum wages of the city and the state.

But critics have cautioned that the rules and exemptions will create unfairness and confusion as they are too tough to understand for an average person.

Urging the authorities to make the rules simple, Richmond resident Bea Roberson said, "This new law is so convoluted; it would take a Philadelphia lawyer to figure it out."

Even Mayor Gayle McLaughlin said that the rules should be simple and clear to avoid confusion.

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