A voter-approved increase in the minimum wage in the city of San Diego took effect Monday.
Under the new law, employers are required to pay workers earning minimum wage at least $10.50 per hour and must allow them to earn up to five sick days per year.
The City Council approved a resolution certifying the June election results Monday, which put the Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance into effect. Nearly 63 percent of voters in the June election OK’d the increase.
The wage hike had been approved by the City Council in August 2014 but was put on hold following a successful referendum petition.
The city has said it plans to establish an administrative office to enforce the new law. The city recently allocated $400,000 toward that effort from its fiscal year budget for 2017.
Under the ordinance, the minimum wage for workers in San Diego city will rise again on Jan. 1, 2017, to $11.50.
That’s more than employers statewide will be required to pay under a plan passed by legislators in March to raise the minimum hourly wage to $15 over the next six years. Under that law, the state's hourly minimum wage will increase from $10 to $10.50 Jan. 1, to $11 in 2018, then increase by $1 annually until 2022.