The California Labor Commission will review an application from the state’s largest employers for a $15 per hour minimum wage and $15 hourly benefit that they say will provide workers with a “full and equal” safety net.
The state’s employers submitted a proposal for the proposal that would see workers earn an average of $15 an hour, with an average hourly wage of $10.50.
The proposal would also give workers an average $15 minimum wage for tipped workers.
The Commission will release a final report next week on the proposal.
The proposal comes amid heightened scrutiny of the California minimum wage increase.
In February, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a California law that mandated a living wage, raising questions about the fairness of a higher minimum wage.
More broadly, the Supreme Court has made it clear it is open to reviewing state laws to determine whether they are reasonable and effective.
It is also up to the state to follow the lead of Washington, where voters approved a $10 minimum wage in a November 2016 referendum, though the measure was opposed by unions.
On Thursday, a coalition of more than 100 unions and business groups, led by the California Chamber of Commerce, wrote to Gov.
Gavin Newsom to urge him to approve the $15 bill.