The County-approved measure will gradually increase the minimum wage each July over five years in identical increments, starting at $10.50/hour on July 1, 2016, then $12.00 (2017), $13.25 (2018), $14.25 (2019), and $15.00 (2020). Following 2020, minimum wage will adjust according to the cost of living.
Consistent with the City of Los Angeles, compliance of businesses with under 26 on payroll will start a year later. For example, a small office employing 8 – 10 persons will begin its required increases with $10.50/hour minimum by July 1, 2017.
The City of Los Angeles ordinance applies only to businesses located within the incorporated city limits. A business that pays taxes to the City or is under City utilities is likely covered by the City’s ordinance.
The County ordinance will apply only to locations not within the boundaries of the City of Los Angeles or of any other incorporated city. Thus, the new law will not reach a business within Glendale, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Palmdale, Burbank, Lancaster, Long Beach, or any of the other 81 incorporated municipalities in the county with a local government, e.g., a mayor, city council and local ordinances. The Los Angeles County website provides a directory and a map of its incorporated cities.