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The Los Angeles City Council has recently approved a measure that would increase the minimum wage in the county to $15/hour for many workers by 2020. This measure will become law when it is signed by Democratic Mayor Eric Garcetti, which will reportedly occur this coming weekend.

While some employers are balking at this minimum wage hike, workers’ advocacy groups – and LA workers themselves – are lauding the new measure for the additional economic support it could provide, particularly for those who are trying to support families on minimum wage earnings.

A Closer Look at the LA Minimum Wage Increase

The LA City Council has recently approved a measure that would hike the min. wage to $15 by 2020, an experienced Los Angeles employment attorney explains.

The LA City Council has recently approved a measure that would hike the min. wage to $15 by 2020, an experienced Los Angeles employment attorney explains.

According to the provisions of the measure, the Los Angeles County minimum wage increase would:

  • Require employers with at least 25 employees to comply with small yearly increases to the minimum wage pay rate over the course of the next 5 years, until the wage reaches $15 by 2020
  • Require smaller employers to also comply with this ordinance, providing an additional year for these companies to get in compliance and reach the $15/hr minimum wage bar.

This scheduled increase is similar those that have already been passed in Seattle and San Francisco. Because, however, Los Angeles is the largest city to pass such a minimum wage hike to date, all eyes are watching to see what ramifications this could have on industry, employers and labor if or, more likely, when it’s ultimately rolled out.

Reactions to the LA Minimum Wage Increase

Among the most prominent supporters of this minimum wage increase are the LA mayor and labor advocacy groups.

Commenting on the motivation for this wage increase, LA Mayor Garcetti has stated:

I started this campaign to raise the minimum wage to create broader economic prosperity in our city… and because the minimum wage should not be a poverty wage in Los Angeles.

Laphonza Butler and Rusty Hicks of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, expressed their support for this minimum wage increase in a joint written statement, explaining that:

This is nothing short of historic. Historic for our city. Historic for the economic equality movement. And historic for full-time workers and their families who live on poverty wages. We couldn’t have done it without you. And we can’t thank you enough.

Among the opposition to this minimum wage increase has, predictably, been employers who are concerned about how their increased labor costs could impact the success of their operations. Reportedly, the restaurant industry in the state is among the more ardent opponents of this ordinance.

Explaining its position, the coalition of LA-area restaurants recently explained in a letter that:

The restaurant business is widely known for its high rate of failure due to its inability to increase prices to cover rising costs, and for having extremely high operating costs — particularly labor.

Where do you stand on this issue? Do you think the increase to the LA minimum wage is beneficial? Or do you believe it could be detrimental? Share your comments and opinions with us on Facebook & Google+.

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