San Francisco is the first city in the nation requiring employers to pay more than $10 an hour to those earning minimum wage. The increase to $10.24 from $9.92 an hour went into effect on January 1, 2012. The 32-cent increase is the result of a proposition voted in by San Franciscans in 2003 increasing the minimum wage each year, using a formula tied to inflation.
The San Francisco minimum wage applies to all employers and to any person who performs at least two hours of work in any given week within the geographic boundaries of San Francisco.
San Francisco also increased the required health care contribution. For 2012, all employers with 50 or more employees must spend at least $2.06 per hour paid for their employees’ health care either by paying for care, purchasing health insurance coverage, or making payments to the city. Covered employees include any employee who has worked for the employer for 90 days and who works 8 or more hours per week in San Francisco.
All employers with employees working in San Francisco should take steps to ensure compliance with San Francisco’s employment ordinances.
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