Hidden costs of minimum wage increases

This opinion piece was contributed by Todd B. Scherwin, regional managing partner of the Los Angeles Office of Fisher & Phillips. This article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or management of Nation’s Restaurant News.

A one-sentence California State Assembly Bill, less than 50 words in total, was recently signed into law. The legislation, Assembly Bill 10, increases California’s minimum wage from $8 per hour to $9 per hour, effective July 1. Effective July 1, 2016, it will rise again, to $10 per hour. The 2014 increase will be the first increase to California’s minimum wage since 2008 and the 26th time in the Golden State’s history. California has come a long way since 1916, when minimum

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