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SB 525 – Raising The Minimum Wage For Healthcare Workers

SB 525, a newly enacted California law effective June 1, 2024, substantially elevates the minimum wage for healthcare workers, encompassing both hourly and salaried employees.

The new minimum hourly wage will start at $21.00 per hour starting June 1, 2024, and will escalate biannually until the minimum wage reaches $25.00 per hour on June 1, 2028.

SB 525 does not cover workers at skilled nursing facilities until a minimum direct care spending law is passed (read about and please support AB 1537 (Wood)).

The inclusion of ancillary staff, such as janitors and clerical workers, and independent contractors recognizes that everyone within a healthcare facility contributes to the overall well-being and comfort of patients. By addressing wage disparities and providing a private right of action to enforce minimum wage requirements, SB 525 acknowledges the pivotal contributions of healthcare staff, affirming that quality healthcare begins with equitable treatment of healthcare workers.