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Local Businesses Prepare for A Higher Minimum Wage in California

California is poised to raise the minimum wage in the coming year.

Employees at the new Jack-in-the-Box in Santa Maria said they don’t mind earning a raise.

“Everyone… We are grateful because we require it “said Jack-in-the-Box employee Javier Cruz.

During a difficult year, the restaurant is one of the numerous local companies that need to hire extra personnel.

Even though the regulation does not take effect until January, employees are currently paid at least $15 per hour.

“Right now, we only have around 16 employees, and many of them are students, so it’s still challenging since they come in and out,” said Jack-in-the-Box manager David Gutierrez.

Javier Barrientos, a truck driver, earns more than minimum wage.

But he’s eating lunch with his family at Jack-in-the-Box and supporting a local company.

“That’s fantastic, in my opinion. I mean, when the cost of living rises, I believe salaries should rise as well… People in America need to survive… they can’t make ends meet on minimum wage “Barrientos said.

The new California law applies to companies with 26 or more employees.

Small businesses with less than 50 employees must now pay at least $14 per hour.

However, we discovered that nearby small firms were already paying the higher rate to recruit workers.

The franchise owner at Chick-fil-A is already paying at least $15 an hour.

“When you include in all of my employees, my average compensation is close to $18.50,” said Chick-fil-A owner Joey Hickox.

California will have the highest statewide minimum wage in the country as a result of this rise.

The new amount is more than double the minimum wage set by the federal government, which is $7.25 per hour.

The current minimum wage in California is $14 per hour.

Beginning January 1, 2022, the state’s minimum wage will increase to $15 per hour.

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