A law that will gradually raise California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour will be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday morning.
Watch the signing ceremony live on video. The event is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.
The state’s $10-an-hour minimum wage, already the highest in the country, would rise to $10.50 next Jan. 1 for businesses with 26 or more workers, with subsequent increases to $15 an hour by 2022 and then linked to inflation. California would be the first state to commit to a $15 an hour wage.
Employers with 25 or fewer workers would have more time to phase in the increase. The agreement also allows Brown and his successors to suspend increases during economic downturns or budget deficits.
Business owners, including some in the central San Joaquin Valley, worry the increased costs will compromise their ability to compete in the marketplace.