Cupertino minimum wage earners to get a pay bump

Cupertino minimum wage earners to get a pay bump on Jan. 1.Cupertino minimum wage earners to get a pay bump on Jan. 1.

Cupertino minimum wage workers will begin earning no-less-than $15 per hour when the clock strikes midnight on Jan. 1.

The minimum wage increase stems from an October 2016 Cupertino City Council vote to support “a regional effort to increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2019,” according to the City.

The effort was to have a more aggressive pay-bump timeline than the minimum wage law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on April 4, 2016, according to the City.

The timeline approved by the State increases the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022.

Employees covered by this wage increase include anyone who performs two or more hours of work in a calendar week in Cupertino. Covered employees are entitled to these rights regardless of immigration status, the City says.

Employers in Cupertino are required to post official notices in the workplace informing employees of the rate increase and their rights. Employees must also document all hours worked and keep records, according to the City.

Cupertino’s hourly minimum wage increased to $12 on Jan. 1, 2017 and $13.50 on Jan. 1, 2018.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, and on every Jan. 1 thereafter, the Cupertino minimum wage will increase by an amount corresponding to the prior year’s Regional Consumer Price Index as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The intent of this increase is to adjust for inflation, according to a fact sheet by the City.

For more information about the minimum wage in Cupertino, click here.