Levy Ceitlin removes cooked kosher chicken from a bell rotisserie at UC San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone

San Diego city officials Tuesday issued a reminder that the minimum wage within city limits will rise to $12 an hour starting Jan. 1 — with no exceptions.

The 50-cent boost complies with the city’s Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance.

Statewide, the minimum wage also jumps to $12 an hour — but only for employers with 26 or more workers. For those employing 25 or fewer, the minimum wage under California law is $11. (The state minimum wage for large employers reaches $15 in 2022. The federal minimum wage remains $7.25, which some states still observe.)

Employees who perform at least two hours of work in one or more calendar weeks of the year within the geographic boundaries of the City of San Diego will receive a minimum wage of $12.

“The ordinance applies to all industries and businesses and there are no exemptions,” said a city statement. “Tips and gratuities do not count toward payment of minimum wage.”

The ordinance also calls for updated notices for posting at the workplace, which are available on the city’s Minimum Wage Program’s webpage.

“Every employer must post these notices in a conspicuous place at any workplace or job site,” the city said.

Employees will continue to earn sick leave, either by the accrual or “front load” method, in accordance with the ordinance.

Employees may use earned sick leave for all reasons described in the ordinance, including, but not limited to, time for their own medical care or for the medical care of a family member.

Employers may limit an employee’s use of earned sick leave to 40 hours in a benefit year. officials said.

“If a person believes an employer is violating the ordinance, they are encouraged to file a complaint, in writing, with the Minimum Wage Program,” the city said, pointing to sandiego.gov/MinimumWage.

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