The bill to increase California’s minimum wage (AB 10) in two steps to $10 an hour by January 1, 2016 was passed overwhelmingly yesterday afternoon on straight party-line votes by the California state senate and assembly. Final passage was spurred by Governor Jerry Brown’s promise last Wednesday to sign the bill when passed. In addition, earlier this week the leaders of both the state senate and assembly joined as co-sponsors. The bill would increase the current $8 an hour minimum wage to $9 an hour effective July 1, 2014, and to $10 an hour effective January 1, 2016.

Littler will provide additional information about the bill and its implications after the bill is signed, which Governor Brown is expected to do shortly.