Los Angeles County Joining City Of Los Angeles With Minimum Wage Regulations.
On July 21, 2015,
the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to increase the minimum wage in unincorporated portions of LA County. The enactment of this law follows on the heels of an identical move by the City of Los Angeles. See our blog, City of Los Angeles Minimum Wage Increasing Annually from 2016 to 2020.
The County-approved measure
will gradually increase the minimum wage each July over five years in identical increments, starting at $10.50/hour on July 1, 2016, then $12.00 (2017), $13.25 (2018), $14.25 (2019), and $15.00 (2020). Following 2020, minimum wage will adjust according to the cost of living.
Consistent with the City of Los Angeles,
compliance of businesses with under 26 on payroll will start a year later. For example, a small office employing 8 - 10 persons will begin its required increases with $10.50/hour minimum by July 1, 2017
The City of Los Angeles ordinance
applies only to businesses located within the incorporated city limits. A business that pays taxes to the City or is under City utilities is likely covered by the City's ordinance.
The County ordinance
will apply only to locations not within the boundaries of the City of Los Angeles or of any other incorporated city. Thus, the new law will not reach a business within Glendale, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Palmdale, Burbank, Lancaster, Long Beach, or any of the other 81 incorporated municipalities in the county with a local government, e.g., a mayor, city council and local ordinances. The Los Angeles County website provides a directory and a map of its incorporated cities.
For further information,
please contact one of our attorneys Tim Bowles, Cindy Bamforth or Helena Kobrin.
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