SF’s minimum wage rising based on inflation

Getty Images file photo

Beginning Wednesday, the minimum wage paid by employers in San Francisco will be higher based on adjustments for inflation.

The City’s minimum wage has steadily risen since 2003 — based on consumer price index increases — and will reach $10.74 an hour as of New Year’s Day, said Donna Levitt, manager of San Francisco’s Office of Labor Standards Enforcement. In comparison, San Jose’s minimum wage will increase to $10.15 under a law passed by voters a year ago, according to city spokesman David Vossbrink.

San Francisco’s wage law started in 2004 at $8.50 an hour, up from California’s then $6.75 statewide hourly wage rate, Levitt said.

According to the state Department of Industrial Relations website, California’s minimum wage of $8 an hour is set to climb to $9 on July 1, 2014, and $10 on Jan. 1, 2016.

The federal minimum wage, which debuted at 25 cents an hour in 1938, is currently $7.25 and was last increased from $6.55 an hour on July 24, 2009, according to the Department of Labor.

San Francisco recently released its first annual report on its minimum wage and how employers have been meeting its requirements, Levitt said.

From July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013, The City recovered $1.4 million in back wages and interest from employers who violated the ordinance, 32 percent more than in the previous year, according to Levitt.

The year’s most significant case was a resolution with Dick Lee Pastry, a Chinatown restaurant that agreed to pay $525,000 in back wages, interest and penalties after paying its workers only $4 per hour, Levitt said.

Just Posted

DA elect joins Breed to denounce attacks against Chinatown seniors

Days after three seniors were brutally attacked on video at a popular… Continue reading

SF takes ‘next step’ to become first in California to launch public bank

City officials plan to cut ties with Wall Street banks

Mayor, supervisors reach consensus on plan to fix SF’s mental health system

Both parties agree to drop ballot measures and pursue reform with legislation.

Hate crimes jump 58 percent in San Francisco, FBI report shows

While numbers fall slightly in California, The City records an increase

Treasure Island residents could get a break on tolls

New proposal would exempt current occupants from congestion pricing for at least six years

Most Read