California Minimum Wage Increase Requires New 2007 Employment Posters

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To help California businesses stay compliant, CalBizCentral from the California Chamber of Commerce will make 2007 employment posters and required notices kits available for pre-order on its website.

In order to help California businesses maintain compliance following the recent law increasing the minimum wage in California, the California Chamber of Commerce has made updated 2007 employment posters available for pre-order on its website.

The increase in California’s minimum wage, from the current $6.75 per hour to $7.50 per hour in 2007 and $8.00 per hour in 2008, was signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger last month. The increase means that all California employers and businesses will be required to update their 2007 employment posters by the deadline on January 1, 2007, when the first wage hike goes into effect.

“Changing laws and regulations can put your business at risk for noncompliance,” said California Chamber of Commerce President Allan Zaremberg. “On January 1, California employers must do more than pay an increased minimum wage – they must display new employment posters in the workplace, as well. Our e-store, CalBizCentral, has already prepared the required posters and compliance kits and is making them available at our website http://www.calbizcentral.com, because providing compliance products and advice is another way CalChamber helps California business do business.”

The increase may also affect exempt executive, administrative and professional employees whose minimum salary requirements are tied to the CA minimum wage. For these employees, the minimum salary will increase from the current $2,340 per month to $2,600 per month ($31,200 per year) on January 1, 2007, and to $2,773.33 per month ($33,280 per year) effective January 1, 2008.

Because of the wide-ranging impact of the new CA minimum wage on businesses, the California Chamber of Commerce suggests that employers review the earnings of employees at the lower rungs of their wage and salary scales and consider how “wage compression” may affect other employees in their organization. If this and other employment laws are confusing, businesses can register for CalBizCentral’s free HR California Extra Newsletter to help stay up to date on current issues and trends.

CalBizCentral’s 2007 employment posters are available for pre-order at CalBizCentral Store Required Notices.

About the California Chamber of Commerce

The California Chamber is the largest broad-based business advocate to government in California. Membership represents one-quarter of the private sector jobs in California and includes firms of all sizes and companies from every industry within the state. Leveraging our front-line knowledge of laws and regulations, we provide products and services to help businesses comply with both federal and state law. The California Chamber, a not-for-profit organization, promotes international trade and investment in order to stimulate California's economy and create jobs. Please visit our website at http://www.calchamber.com.

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