While fast food workers across California are celebrating the recent hourly wage hike to $20, some companies have already laid off a substantial number of workers to combat the new state law that took effect on April 1.

A California state law signed by Governor Gavin Newsom in 2023 has increased the hourly wage for most fast-food workers to $20 per hour. Assembly Bill 610 has resulted in a $4 per hour increase for some staffers, according to nypost.com. The average hourly wage for the majority of industry employees rose from $16 to $20 as April kicked off.

 It's been reported that delivery drivers are absorbing the brunt of the layoffs in California.

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The increase is being celebrated by workers at such major restaurant chains as McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Wendy's, Burger King, Arby's, and Taco Bell. The new law doesn't apply to certain businesses that are located in theme parks, hotels, and other locations, according to nypost.com.

Personally, I support the pay raise. The reason I feel this way directly relates to the skyrocketing costs of living in the Golden State. I do understand the pressures that have now been placed squarely on the shoulders of the owners of these restaurants, and many have been forced to drastically cut staff to compensate.

Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and El Pollo Loco have all reportedly laid off thousands of staffers nationwide in response to the wage increase, according to msn.com. It's been reported that delivery drivers are absorbing the brunt of the layoffs in California.

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