The California Chamber of Commerce is urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to postpone a minimum wage increase to ease the expenses of businesses struggling to emerge from the coronavirus outbreak.
California’s current minimum wage is $12 an hour for businesses with fewer than 26 employees, and $13 an hour for businesses with 26 or more. Those numbers are both slated to increase by $1 an hour on Jan. 1, in line with a gradual escalation towards $15 an hour by 2023.
The governor has the option to delay the scheduled wage hike if unemployment rises or sales tax receipts decline. So far, he has declined to exercise that power — a move that advocacy groups say will wreak havoc on businesses that are already suffering amid the economic downturn.