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New laws set to be implemented in January 2020

With each new year, there are many new laws that go into place throughout the United States. In California, there are changes that could impact how you're going to be paid. There are a few important laws set to begin in 2020, but one you should get to know is the new minimum wage.

The new minimum wage for employers who employ 25 people or less is going to increase up from $11 per hour to $12. When 26 or more people are employed, the employer will now be required to pay a minimum of $13. This is a part of the longstanding changes to the minimum wage in California that first began in 2016.

Workers are also getting the power to obtain restitution and penalty payments

Another major change is in how workers will be paid back for their unpaid wages. SB 688 states that the Labor Commissioner is able to cite employers who have paid employees less than the wages agreed to in a contract (but more than minimum wage) and collect the amount owed in restitution. AB 673 now allows employees to receive payments as penalties against employers who failed to make payments on time.

These laws may seem straightforward, but if you're not familiar with them, they can be a little complex. Most importantly, understand that these go into effect at the start of the New Year, so if you believe that your employer is violating any wage laws at that point, you can ask questions and begin building a case to get the compensation you are owed.

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