Minimum Wage Goes Up July 1st

June 15, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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.


County Adopts Program to Enforce Wage Law

May 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance Tuesday to enforce the county’s minimum wage.

The Department of Consumer and Business Affairs will set up the wage enforcement program, designed to stop “wage theft.” Workers’ rights advocates say thousands of dollars are lost each day to wage theft of workers at restaurants, car washes, garment factories and construction sites.

The board’s vote to adopt was 4-1, with Supervisor Michael Antonovich dissenting.

The ordinance allows employees to file claims for unpaid wages and establishes fines and other penalties for violators.

Fines could run up to $100 per day per employee for unpaid wages, while failing to post notices or keep records can result in a $500 fine.

Some violations, such as failing to provide a pay period statement, call for $500 fines to be paid both to the county and the employee.

Retaliating against employees for exercising their rights can result in fines of up to $1,000 per employee payable to the county, another $1,000 per employee payable to the employee and an additional $100 per day to the employee until the employee is reinstated, if ordered.

Fines can be increased by as much as 50 percent for repeat offenders.

The county’s minimum hourly wage — set to take effect July 1 — is scheduled to reach $15 by 2020.

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