New minimum wage summary reports have been released. Plus, special provisions exist for employers who provide health insurance – see below or download the full details here
Chicago, IL 
An ordinance to gradually increase the hourly minimum wage in Chicago to $13 by 2019 was approved by the Chicago City Council, according to a Dec. 2 news release on the city’s website. 
Effective July 1, 2015, the minimum wage rate is to increase for all employers in Chicago to $10 an hour from the state minimum wage of $8.25 an hour; to $10.50, effective July 1, 2016; to $11, effective July 1, 2017; to $12, effective July 1, 2018; to $13, effective July 1, 2019; and indexed to inflation starting July 1, 2020. The rates apply to all employees who work in the city at least two hours in any particular two-week period. 
Tips: The ordinance also proposes that the tipped minimum wage in Chicago increase by $1 over two years from the current state minimum of $4.95 to $5.45 as of July 1, 2015 and $5.95 as of July 1, 2016, and be indexed to inflation every July 1 going forward. Under Illinois law, the employer is entitled to a gratuities allowance not to exceed 40% of the applicable minimum wage in occupations where gratuities constitute a part of the remuneration.
Bloomington, IN 
Hourly minimum rate—$12.06, adjusted annually for inflation on Jan. 1. ($12.31, effective Jan. 1, 2015). Up to 15 percent of the minimum rate may be in the form of the employer’s contribution to health insurance regardless of whether the employee elects to receive health insurance.

 

Berkley, CA
Hourly minimum rate—$10 for all employees within the boundaries of the city ($11, effective Oct. 1, 2015; $12.53, effective Oct. 1, 2016); $15.99, adjusted annually for inflation on June 30. $13.71, if health benefits of at least $2.28 an hour are provided. Employees must receive at least 22 days off annually including vacation and holidays and must receive full pay for at least 12 of these days. Covered employers—Service contractors receiving at least $25,000 a year from the city and that have
six or more employees. Nonprofit contracts receiving at least $100,000 a year from the city and that have six or more employees. References—Municipal Code, Chapter 13.27.

 

Marin County, CA
Hourly minimum rate—$12.10 ($13.00, effective Jan. 1, 2015) if no health benefits are provided, adjusted annually for inflation Jan. 1; $10.50 ($11.40, effective Jan. 1, 2015) if health benefits are provided. Covered employers—Contractors or subcontractors having at least $25,000 in cumulative annual business with the county. References—County Code Chapter 2.50. 
Richmond, CA 
Hourly minimum rate-$9.00 adjusted annually for inflation Jan. 1; ($9.60, for all employers in the city, effective Jan. 1, 2015; $11.52, effective Jan. 1, 2016; $12.30, effective, Jan. 1, 2017; $13, effective Jan. 1, 2018). Employers that pay at least $1.50 an employee towards medical benefits can reduce the minimum wage by $1.50 as long as the deduction is consistent with city code. 
San Jose, CA 
Hourly minimum rate—$10.15 for all employers in the city ($10.30, effective Jan. 1, 2015); $19.06 for service and labor contractors in the city; $17.81 if health benefits of at least $1.25 an hour are provided. 
San Francisco, CA 
Effective Jan. 1, 2015, the minimum wage rate is to increase for all employers in San Francisco to $11.05 an hour from $10.74 an hour, the city’s Office of Labor Standards and Enforcement said Oct. 31. The rate applies to all employees, including part-time and temporary workers, who work at least two hours a week… read more.