Minimum wage workers in Los Angeles will see their wages increase to $16.04 an hour starting Friday at the start of the new fiscal year, and workers across the state could see their wages increase to $18 from the hour by 2025 if voters approve a measure on the ballot in November. .
Workers in LA’s unincorporated county will also see their minimum hourly wage increase, to $15.96, after an increase last year to about $15 an hour.
Efforts to raise the minimum wage were led by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, who announced the city’s hike in February.
The increase in that city is expected to benefit more than 600,000 Los Angeles residents, according to Garcetti’s office.
“We fought to raise the minimum wage because hard work should always be greeted with the dignity, respect and opportunity that a fair wage brings,” Garcetti said in a statement announcing the decision. “Our decision to end poverty wages in Los Angeles has had a ripple effect across the country, and this additional increase is the latest reason to celebrate today – and a reminder of how our fight for better wages is far from over.”
The raise applies to any employee who works at least two hours a week within the geographic city limits of Los Angeles and is eligible to earn California minimum wage, according to the city’s Bureau of Contract Administration. This includes full-time, part-time and temporary workers, regardless of their immigration status.
The increase applies to businesses of all sizes.
“Our Bureau of Wage Standards will remain committed to protecting vulnerable workers from wage theft in order to advance labor standards in the city,” said John L. Reamer Jr., Public Works Inspector and Director of the Bureau of Contract Administration, in the press release. . “This is an important step to address the economic realities of every Angeleno who is working hard to support themselves and their families.”
The county wage hike was announced by the Department of Business and Consumer Affairs in March. The nearly $1 increase was in line with the rise in the county’s consumer price index.
In 2016, the county passed an ordinance that increased the minimum wage in predetermined stages each year. Workers saw their hourly wages slowly increase in large companies, from $10.50 in 2016 to $15 in 2020. In small companies, wages increased at the same rate from 2017 to 2021.
However, starting Friday, a new county ordinance directs the minimum wage to be adjusted annually based on the Consumer Price Index.
Rather than fixed amounts, future increases will be determined by a formula that takes into account the CPI, which tracks changes in the prices of goods and services.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has given the Department of Consumer and Corporate Affairs responsibility for wage information, education and enforcement of the minimum wage, which will apply to small and to large companies, contrary to the previous ordinance.
“We will ensure that workers in the unincorporated county of Los Angeles are protected and informed about the updated minimum wage, and we will work with our sister departments to support employers who may need assistance with information, compliance and access to resources”, Rafael Carbajal, director of the Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Affairs said in a video statement.
Other nearby cities, including Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Malibu and Pasadena, have their own minimum wage increases that take effect Friday.
Los Angeles’ increase comes ahead of a ballot initiative, the Living Wage Bill of 22, to be passed in November that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $18 an hour over several years.