Mayor Eric Garcetti this month announced a citywide effort to help prepare employers and employees for L.A.’s minimum wage increase that is due to take effect in July.
The first increase goes into effect on July 1, mandating a minimum wage of $10.50 for companies that have 26 or more employees. The rate will go up for small business employees in 2017.
To ensure a smooth transition and maximize compliance with the new law, the city’s Bureau of Contract Administration (BCA) is launching an extensive public education initiative to help prepare employers for the salary increase and to inform employees of their rights.
The BCA will initially provide a series of trainings for city staff, neighborhood councils, business associations and labor unions on how to best educate their constituencies and members. The city will also partner with grassroots community outreach organizations to spread the word to working people and businesses throughout Los Angeles.
Garcetti met with mayors and elected officials from across the county last week to launch the effort to help promote and pass minimum wage increases throughout the county and at the state level. Taken together, the impact of these wage efforts will affect nearly six million people in the region.
“It’s a new day for hard-working individuals who have grown accustomed to living paycheck to paycheck, sometimes working multiple jobs to make ends meet,” said Councilmember Curren D. Price, Jr. “As we pivot to the public outreach and education phase, it gives me great satisfaction knowing that we’re one step closer to dramatically changing the lives of the working poor. If you ask my constituents, they will tell you July 1 cannot get here soon enough.”
Of the current minimum wage earners who will receive a raise, 97 percent of those workers are age 20 and older and 60 percent are over 30 years old. Over 80 percent of the workers receiving this raise are people of color and 50 percent are women. Nearly half of minimum wage earners have some college education and 14 percent have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
For information, visit bca.lacity.org, or call (844)924-3752.
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