Minimum Wage Goes Up July 1st

By EGP Staff Report

Some workers in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County will get a bump in pay starting July 1, when the minimum wage in those areas goes up to $10.50 an hour for businesses with 25 or fewer employees and to $12 an hour for businesses with 26 or more workers.

The hike is the second of five annual increases to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021.

The wage hike is mandatory for all but a very small number of employers, according to the County.

Workers whose jobs takes them to multiple locations are entitled to the higher wage for the hours they work in unincorporated areas, if they work as least two hours per week in those areas, according to the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs’ (DCBA) Wage Enforcement Program (WEP) website.

Where you live or where your employer is headquartered is not a factor in determining which wage rate applies, the department said.

Since the first hike took place in 2016, wage enforcement officials have visited over 1,800 businesses, according to WEP. Their goal was to explain to business owners and managers their responsibilities under the law, provide a copy of the required minimum wage posting, and to inform them about DCBA’s Small Business Services. DCBA also mailed out information to 15,000 businesses on the upcoming wage increase and information on the Small Business Initiative.

Employers or workers who have questions about the wage change should contact the L.A. County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs’ (DCBA) Wage Enforcement Program (WEP) at 1-800-593-8222 or visit the WEP website.

“Business owners should feel free to come to us for any questions or to find out about County resources that can help them during the wage increases,” said DCBA Director Brian J. Stiger.

 

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