Beginning April 1, 2024, the minimum wage for fast food restaurant employees will increase to $20 per hour. Fast food restaurant employers must ensure they’re not only paying all employees accurately but also posting the required notices in each business location and job site where employees can easily see and read them.

In addition to the minimum wage increase, the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) requires all California fast food restaurant employers to post information related to the minimum wage for fast food restaurant employees in an area frequented by applicants and employees where it may be easily read during the workday. This is in addition to both the California and federal minimum wage posters — which must continue to be posted.

The DIR has created a Minimum Wage Order Supplement for Fast Food Restaurant Employees (MW-2024-Supplement) for those employers to post. As of March 25, the DIR has not posted a Spanish version.

It’s important to note that although California law allows electronic distribution of required California required notices via email, it doesn’t change an employer’s obligation to physically display posters in the workplace, including where employees work remotely 100 percent of the time.

The California Labor Commissioner has post FAQs for employers at  Frequently Asked Questions to identify who is covered under the law, along with additional criteria and exemptions for fast food restaurants.

JorgensenHR can assist you with any questions you may have regarding this new law for fast food restaurants.

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