IR #00-17
Tuesday, December 19, 2000

Dean Fryer
(415) 703-5050

Minimum Wage Increases to $6.25 Per Hour Starting January 1

SAN FRANCISCO --California workers who earn minimum wage will see their pay increase to $6.25 per hour starting Monday, Jan. 1, 2001. This follows a vote by the California Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) to increase the minimum wage by 50 cents for each of the next two years. On Jan. 1, 2001 the minimum wage jumps to $6.25 per hour, and on Jan. 1, 2002 the minimum wage increases to $6.75 per hour. .

The IWC, which sets standards for wages, hours and working conditions in California, adopted these increases on October 23.

Employers must pay their workers the new minimum wage rate for work performed on and after the effective date of the wage rate increase. Work performed prior to the effective date is paid at the previous rate.

To provide employer and employees with information on the changes in the minimum wage, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement will activate a toll-free phone line on Thursday, Dec. 21 with a recorded message summarizing these changes. The number is 1-888-ASK-WAGE (1-888-275-9243) and the message is available in English, Spanish and Chinese.

Employees not paid the new wage can contact the division to file a wage claim. The telephone number for the nearest office is listed in the government pages of local phone directories or on the Internet at

Copies of the most recent official notice (MW-2001) ( Format 35KB, Legal Size Document) are available by calling the Department of Industrial Relations at (415) 703-5070 or by visiting our Web site at

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