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Another minimum wage increase for San Diego on Jan. 1

New minimum wage increase for San Diego employees to take effect of Jan. 1, 2017.
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It’s been a tumultuous few years for San Diego businesses who scrambled in July to figure out how they would increase the minimum wage for their employees after the public voted for an hourly increase this past June.

In 2014, business owners petitioned to stop the City Council approval and put it to a public vote in 2016, which led to 63-percent of pollster’s approving the raise. 

"We are raising up San Diego in a meaningful, responsible way that benefits our lowest-paid neighbors, our economy and our city as a whole," said City Councilmember Todd Gloria at the time. "San Diego is standing up and demonstrating that we value hard work and fair pay."

On July 1, 2016, only a month later, the minimum wage went from $10 an hour to $10.50, with another increase scheduled for January 1, 2017 to $11.50.

As the new year approaches, so too does the promise that minimum wage employees can expect that increase in their paychecks.

The City of San Diego’s website outlines what workers can expect on January 1, 2017, including how to file a grievance with their employers if they have yet to comply with the new law.

“All employers must pay each employee, for each hour worked within the geographic boundaries of the City, wages not less than the minimum wage rate as shown on the following schedule,” reports the City website.

Further increases in the coming years will depend on the Consumer Price Index (CPI); the variation of prices paid by customers for retail goods and other services.

For more information on the new minimum wage and benefits click HERE.