New minimum wage for healthcare workers in California delayed: Why and when is the new date?

Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers have agreed delay the introduction of a new minimum wage for healthcare workers in the state until at least October 15 to help balance California's budget.

The agreement announced on Saturday will affect approximately 426,000 healthcare workersThe introduction of the new tariff will depend on the finances of the Golden State.

It will only take effect if government revenues increase between July and September at least 3% higher than official forecastsIf this is not achieved, the increase further postponed to January at the earliest.

The minimum wage increase was Start expected on July 1.

California's high minimum wages

California is one of the states where the minimum wage is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25. per hour. It is also one of the states with the highest base salaries in the country, with the minimum wage for most workers in the state at 16 USD per hourFast food workers have been receiving a minimum wage of $20 an hour since April 1.

In addition, a new law was passed that provides for an increase in the basic salary for healthcare workers. to $25 per hour, to be phased in over the next ten years.

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More than 400,000 employees in hospitals, dialysis clinics and other facilities will benefit from the wage increase. does not apply to doctors or nursesp.

These were the proposed increases which should come into force on 1 July:

  • Dialysis clinics and large health systems with more than 10,000 employees: Minimum wage of $23 per hour in 2024, $24 in 2025, and $25 in 2026.
  • Hospitals with a high proportion of Medi-Cal and Medicare patients and freestanding rural hospitals: $18 per hour in 2024 and a 3.5% annual increase to $25 in 2033.
  • Community clinics: $21 per hour in 2024, increasing to $22 in 2026 and $25 in 2027.
  • For other health care workers, their minimum wage will increase to $21 an hour in 2024, $23 in 2026, and $25 by 2028.

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