Updating a blog post we brought you recently, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has signed into law the city’s new minimum wage plan, which will boost pay from $9 an hour to $15 by 2020.
“Too many Angelenos have been left behind even as we’ve put the recession in the rear-view mirror,” Garcetti said when signing the ordinance at a press conference, according to Reuters.
The City Council originally approved the wage hike in May. The ordinance requires employers with 25 or more employees to increase pay for minimum wage to $15 by 2020. The plan will roll out in increments, with pay increasing in July 2016 to $10.50 per hour.
Garcetti noted that he did not believe the pay hikes would hurt the economy. Additionally, the ordinance calls for the city to create an Office of Labor Standards, which will be tasked with making sure that businesses follow all wage laws. It is estimated that the wage hike will affect 600,000 workers in Los Angeles.
Keep in mind, this wage hike will only affect employees of businesses located in Los Angeles—some jurisdictions have different minimum wage laws in place, while some people working in different industries also have wage guidelines in place.
I Am Not Being Paid a Minimum Wage. Should I Talk to a Labor Attorney?
We are happy that the wage increase has been signed into law. Remember, if your employer does not pay you the mandated minimum wage based on where you live or your job title, it may be participating in wage theft.
If you believe that your employer is not paying you fairly, you should talk to our labor attorneys about seeking back pay and/or damages. We can assist you if you need to file a wage claim with a state or local agency, and we can advise you on how to move forward with litigation.
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Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob– Los Angeles employment attorneys