Governor Declines to Delay Minimum Wage Hike Scheduled for 2021

Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that he won’t delay the minimum wage increase scheduled to begin on January 1, 2021.

While acknowledging that current economic conditions give him the authority to suspend the scheduled minimum wage hike, the Governor said “Not allowing this increase to go forward will only make life harder for those Californians who have already borne a disproportionate share of the economic hardship caused by this pandemic. Many of them are on the front lines of the pandemic, providing child care, working in our hospitals and nursing facilities and making sure there’s food on grocery store shelves.”

As outlined in SB 3 (Leno; D-San Francisco), the 2016 legislation setting up the schedule to increase the minimum wage, the minimum wage will increase on January 1, 2021 to $13.00 per hour for businesses with 25 or fewer employees, and to $14.00 per hour for businesses with more than 25 employees.

The required California minimum wage notice is included in the all-in-one California and Federal Labor Law poster from the California Chamber of Commerce. The poster contains the 18 state and federal employment notices every California employer must display in each business location. The 2021 California and Federal Labor Law Posters, available for preorder starting October 1, 2020, will show the January 1, 2021 wage rate increases.

For more information, visit the CalChamber Store at Also available are posters for localities that have established different minimum wages.