What Are the New California Labor Laws in 2023? By Gregory Thyberg on December 22, 2022

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Staying up-to-date with the current California labor laws can help ensure you are receiving the wages and treatment you deserve as an employee. In 2023, California will raise the minimum wage and pay agriculture workers overtime.

It is important for you to know your state and local minimum wage and overtime regulations so you can be paid accordingly. Attorney Gregory A. Thyberg represents clients in cases against their employers who are paying them unfair wages that do not adhere to Sacramento and California law.

Raising the Minimum Wage

In 2023, the California minimum wage will raise from $15 to $15.50 an hour per Senate Bill 3.

Beginning in 2017, Senate Bill 3 started the process of phasing in a higher minimum wage across the state. In six years, the California’s minimum wage grew from $10 to $15.50 an hour.

While most employers are subject to both federal and state minimum wage laws, all California employers must adhere to the rate that is the most beneficial to the employee. For example, starting in January 2023, California employers must pay their employees the state minimum of $15.50 (and not the federal minimum of $7.25) if their employees are not exempt under California state law. Some cities and counties have implemented a higher minimum wage; in these cases, employers must adhere to the local standard over the state’s.

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What Can You Do If Your Employer Isn’t Paying You Minimum Wage?

If your employer is not paying you minimum wage, contact Thyberg Law. Our employment attorney in Sacramento, CA, can file a wage claim and take the necessary steps to get what you are owed.

Many employees also worry about the potential for their employer to retaliate after filing a claim. Having a skilled attorney by your side is the best way to ensure your employer does not discriminate or retaliate against you and that they adhere to California law.

Overtime Changes for Agriculture Workers

In 2016, the Assembly Bill 1066 got the ball rolling on paying agricultural workers overtime pay for work that extends past eight hours per day or 40 hours per week, just like many other industries.

Beginning January 1, 2023, agriculture workers must be paid overtime after 9 hours per day or 50 hours per week for employers with 25 of fewer employees, and 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week for employers with 26 or more employees.

Minimum Monthly Salary for Sheepherders

Starting January 1, 2023, the minimum monthly salary for sheepherders and goat herders will be raised to $2,755.48 and cannot be offset by meals or lodging.

You have rights as an agricultural worker and sheep or goat herder — knowing California law can help you receive the money you deserve and what you are owed.

Get in Touch With Our Employment Attorney in Sacramento, CA

Californians deserve to be paid a fair wage and have employers that stick to their state and local labor laws. Contact Thyberg Law if you believe you are not earning the money you deserve; our Sacramento, CA, practice can help you fight for your rights as an employee. Call our law office at (916) 204-9173 or send us a message to schedule a consultation today.

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Since 1981, Gregory A. Thyberg has been providing legal services to clients throughout Sacramento. With a focus on employment law, he can help you find a solution when facing discrimination, harassment, or other workplace injustices. Mr. Thyberg is affiliated with organizations like the:

  • California Bar Association
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If you're experiencing unlawful discrimination in the workplace, request a consultation with Mr. Thyberg or call (916) 204-9173.

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