Will California’s New Minimum Wage Law Make Sense in Bakersfield?

(April 1, 2016) In parts of the Central Valley and inland Southern California, for example, average wages for all occupations are less than the statewide average, sometimes significantly so. That means the phase-in of the $15 minimum wage by 2022 for employers with 26 or more employees could well be more difficult to absorb for employers in those areas. The Sacramento Bee