How many jobs will California’s $20 fast-food minimum wage kill? – Orange County Register

California’s new $20 minimum wage for most fast food restaurants took effect April 1. It jumped $4.50, or 19 percent, from $15.50 on Dec. 31. This increase certainly helps the 500,000 workers who will receive a pay increase – those who will keep their jobs. . Some early reports released Monday show businesses are being hit by rising costs.

Keith Miller, Subway franchise owner said NBC 7 San Diego, “You keep wondering when you’re going to break the camel’s back?”

“We need to become more efficient,” says Michaela Mendelsohn, who manages 170 employees at El Pollo Loco. said NPR. “So really, what’s left to do is…reduce working hours.” And I hate saying that.

The 19% increase is “unprecedented to my knowledge,” Raymond Sfeir, director of the A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research at Chapman University, told us. He warned the increase would lead to layoffs, higher prices for consumers, increased use of technology such as automatic hamburger flippers and restaurant closures.

“What is unfortunate is that many franchisees are small operators and not owners of dozens or even hundreds of restaurants,” he warned. They are small capitalists who are at the heart of the local economy, contributing to charities and sponsoring little league events.

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