Employers in the City of Los Angeles with 26 or more workers must start paying at least $10.50 an hour on July 1 under the new citywide minimum wage. That’s a 50-cent increase above the current $10 minimum, which applies statewide.
The increase is the first bump that will eventually raise the minimum wage in the city to $15 an hour by July 1, 2021. Employers with 26 or more workers will also have to begin paying paid sick leave to eligible workers starting today.
Smaller employers with 25 or fewer workers won’t have to start paying a higher minimum wage for another year.
Raising the minimum wage was a hotly debated measure that supporters said would decrease poverty but that many businesses said would eventually slow down hiring and hurt the economy.
Minimum wage workers in the city will get an even bigger raise next year when the hourly minimum increase to $12 for employers with 26 or more workers.
Click here for a rundown on the city’s minimum wage and paid-sick leave requirements.
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