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California Payroll Tax And Labor Laws
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California Wage and Hour Laws
California’s state-mandated minimum wage is $15.50 per hour for covered employers, regardless of the number of employees, as of January 1, 2023.
Please note that many cities and counties within California have their own separate minimum wage rates, which are higher than the state-mandated rate. Minimum wage rates for all jurisdictions are subject to change. Employers should verify they meet current state, county, and local requirements.
Overtime in the state of California is determined on a daily or weekly basis, depending on the circumstances. California’s overtime law requires covered employers to pay employees:
- For hours worked over 8 in a single workday, at one and one-half times the regular rate of pay;
- For hours worked over 12 in a single workday, at twice the regular rate of pay;
- For hours worked over 40 in a workweek, at one and one-half times the regular rater of pay;
- For hours worked on a 7th consecutive day of work of the workweek:
- at one and one-half times the regular rate of pay for the first 8 hours;
- at twice the regular rate of pay for any time worked over 8 hours.
With some exceptions, wages must be paid at least twice during each calendar month on the days designated in advance as regular paydays. The employer must establish a regular payday and is required to post a notice that shows the day, time, and location of payment.
Wages earned between the 1st and 15th days, inclusive, of any calendar month must be paid no later than the 26th day of the month during which the labor was performed, and wages earned between the 16th and last day of the month must be paid by the 10th day of the following month.
Wages earned in other payroll periods such as weekly, biweekly (every two weeks), or semimonthly (twice per month) when the earning period is something other than between the 1st and 15th, and 16th and last day of the month, must be paid within seven calendar days of the end of the payroll period within which the wages were earned.
For more information on pay frequencies in California, click here.
Taxable Wage Base ($000s): 7,000
New Employer Rate (% Taxable Wages) 3.4
California Income Tax Withholding
California's law requires employers to withhold state personal income tax (PIT) from employee wages and remit the amounts withheld to the Employment Development Department.
Persons in business for themselves (independent contractors) are not employees and are generally not subject to withholding.
California has no specific reciprocal taxation agreements with other states. Still, residents of Arizona, Guam, Indiana, Oregon, and Virginia are allowed credit toward their California income tax liability for taxes paid to their home states.
California State Resources
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