Sunday, February 28, 2016

Meet Business Owners Fighting San Diego’s Proposed Minimum Wage Hike

Melissa Quinn / / /

Following in the footsteps of cities in northern California, San Diego is weighing an increase to its minimum wage that small business owners warn could serve as a “job killer” for them.  The city is gearing up to vote on a proposal to raise its minimum wage to $10.50 an hour—50 cents higher than the state’s current minimum wage—after election results are certified. Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, the minimum wage would increase to $11.50 an hour, with annual increases scheduled to take place beginning in 2019.

The plan, approved by the city council back in 2014, also requires businesses to provide full-time workers with five paid sick days and part-time workers with one hour of sick leave per 30 hours worked.  Though San Diego residents won’t hit the polls to vote on the proposal until June 7, small businesses in the area are bracing themselves for the impact of an increase to the city’s minimum wage......

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