Saturday, January 28, 2023

Minimum Wage Increase and Permits for Street Vendors in California

The new laws will come into effect from January 1, 2023.

Starting January 1, street vendors and workers will receive benefits due to the approval of two important laws in California.

Benefits for street vendors

SB 972 would simplify regulations for street vendors and reduce requirements for equipment, fees, design standards, and legal permits to sell fruit, hot dogs, and other street food.

“This is a law that will speed up the permit process and bring everything up to date for small traveling businesses, in terms of health, in terms of insurance,” explained Carlos Solorzano, manager of Hispanic Commerce in San Francisco.

María López sells chicharrón, tostilocos and fruit, and although she claims she has a permit to date, she is happy to know that more people will be able to work on the street without fear.

“Well, it’s a good help for people who don’t have any way to get insurance or permits or anything,” Maria said.

The new law will also allow street vendors to cut fruits and reheat pre-cooked food.

Bill 972 seeks to eliminate criminal sanctions for health code violations and replace them with fines.

minimum wage increase in california

The state would raise the minimum wage to $15.50 an hour.

Currently there are two types of minimum wage:

  • $15 per hour for businesses with 26 or more employees
  • $14 per hour for businesses with 25 or fewer employees

Workers’ union groups assure that this increase is not enough for the workers.

“A dollar fifty is not enough and it is not enough, we need something better, we need to raise wages as much as possible at the moment. $16.50 is not enough to survive,” SEIU California President David Huerta said. .

These two laws, approved by Governor Newsom, will take effect on January 1, 2023, and it is hoped that Hispanic workers and families can survive amid inflation.

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