EMPLOYER ALERT: LOS ANGELES MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES TO $15 PER HOUR

Effective July 1, 2021

WHO DOES THE MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE APPLY TO?

Effective July 1, 2021, ALL employers in the City of Los Angeles and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, regardless of size and number of employees, are required to compensate employees at the increased minimum wage rate of $15 per hour.  

The Los Angeles City Minimum Wage Ordinance applies to hours worked within the geographic boundaries of the City. The wage increase will apply to any employee who performs at least two (2) hours of work within the geographical boundaries of the City of LA for an employer. To determine if a workplace or job site lies within the City limits, you may use this link here: http://neighborhoodinfo.lacity.org/

A link to the July 2016 City of Los Angeles Ordinance can be found here: https://wagesla.lacity.org/sites/g/files/wph471/f/Los%20Angeles%20Minimum%20Wage%20Ordinance%20184320.pdf

The Los Angeles County Minimum Wage Ordinance applies to the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County and parallels the provisions of the LA City Ordinance. 

If you are unsure whether your company is located in an unincorporated area, you can use the “District Map Lookup by Address” dropdown feature here: https://www.lavote.net/apps/precinctsmaps      

A copy of the Los Angeles County Minimum Wage Ordinance can be located here:

http://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/dca/242546_LACOuntyMinimumWageOrdinance.pdf

Please note that employers that are not required to comply with the more generous local jurisdictions’ minimum wage ordinances and only have to comply with the State of California’s minimum wage provision may  continue to compensate its employees at $14 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees, and $13 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees.

POSTING REQUIREMENTS
In addition, employers must comply with the posting requirements linked below, if they have not already done so.

For more information and PDF links to the required wage order posters for the City of L.A., click this link: https://wagesla.lacity.org/

For more information and PDF links to the required wage order posters for the County of L.A., click this link: https://lacounty.gov/minimum-wage/

As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding how the new minimum wage law applies to your company, please do not hesitate to contact Landegger Verano & Davis, ALC. We are available for all of your employment and labor needs.

By:  Alysha Zapata, Esq.

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