Minimum wage to increase by up to $4 in one Bay Area city

Minimum wage in Fremont will rise to $15 over the next two years.

Fremont City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to increase the minimum wage ahead of state-ordered minimum wage increases that will be implemented in 2022 and 2023.

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By July 1 of this year, businesses with 26 or more employees in Fremont must pay workers at least $13.50 an hour, and $15 an hour by July 1, 2021. Businesses with 25 or fewer workers must also pay employees $15 per hour by July 1, 2021.

California currently requires small businesses to pay employees $11 per hour and large companies to pay $12 per hour.

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To “preserve opportunities for youth, students, and trainees,” the Fremont ordinance includes a provision that exempts workers under 25 years of age from the wage increase if they are employed by a non-profit or government entity for less than 120 days.

Five Bay Area cities in 2018 had $15 minimum wage, while nine more will reach the threshold this year.

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