Effective January 1, 2015, the minimum wage in San Francisco increased to $11.05 per hour. The increase is a result of the November 2014 ballot measure Proposition J that was overwhelmingly approved by San Francisco residents in November 2014. Proposition J is intended to gradually increase San Francisco’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2018.
I work as an auto mechanic (or automotive service technician) at a local auto dealership in California. My compensation is based on a piece-rate system. In other words, I am paid at a “flag-hour” rate of $25 for specific automotive repair projects. However, I do not receive any compensation for waiting time between the projects or other minor non-repair assignments.
According to the San Francisco Minimum Wage Ordinance, starting January 1, 2012, all employees performing work in the county of San Francisco must be paid not less than $10.24 per hour. San Francisco is the first city in the United Stated with a minimum wage rate above $10. This increase is a result of a proposition passed by the city’s residents in 2003.
The restaurant, bar and food service industry continues to be one of the most highly abused industries when it comes to complying with California Employment law. Restaurant employees are often cheated out of their hard-earned wages, and employers are constantly subjected to costly wage-and-hour litigation which undermines the successes of the business.