Minimum Wage Is on the Rise . . . Again

Attention employers with 26 or more employees operating in the cities of Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Malibu and unincorporated Los Angeles County, on July 1, 2018, the minimum wage you are legally required to pay jumped to $13.25 an hour. This latest increase is a steppingstone to the $15 hourly rate that will be mandated in 2020.

For companies in those same cities (and county) with 25 or fewer workers, July 1 was marked by a minimum wage boost to $12 an hour – this from the $10.50 minimum hourly rate previously imposed by law.

There is more. Also as of July 1, the minimum hourly rate that must be paid to hotel workers in Los Angeles and Santa Monica increased to $16.10 pursuant to the Citywide Hotel Worker Minimum Wage Ordinance (applicable to hotels in L.A. with 150 or more rooms) and the Santa Monica Hotel Worker Minimum Wage Ordinance (which applies to all hotels in that coastal city).

In contemplation of the minimum wage hike, employers are considering their various options, some having to resort to a reduction of working hours assigned to employees, outsourcing and layoffs. Yet even for companies unduly burdened by the new minimum wage requirement, compliance is a must.

No matter your particular circumstances, the labor and employment attorneys at Michelman & Robinson, LLP can certainly assist – navigating wage and hour issues, in the hospitality space and otherwise, is most definitely a firm specialty. Do not hesitate to contact our California employment team at (310) 299-5500.

This blog post is not offered as, and should not be relied on as, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice in specific situations.