The City of Los Angeles has announced that the minimum wage will rise to $15 per hour, according to the following schedule:

  • Employers with 26 or more employees generally must pay a wage of at least the following hourly rates:
    • $10.50, beginning July 1, 2016;
    • $12.00, beginning July 1, 2017;
    • $13.25, beginning July 1, 2018;
    • $14.25, beginning July 1, 2019; and
    • $15.00, beginning July 1, 2020.
  • Employers with 25 or fewer employees generally must pay a wage of at least the following hourly rates:
    • $10.50, beginning July 1, 2017;
    • $12.00, beginning July 1, 2018;
    • $13.25, beginning July 1, 2019;
    • $14.25, beginning July 1, 2020; and
    • $15.00, beginning July 1, 2021.
  • Note: An employer’s size will be determined by the average number of employees employed during the previous calendar year.

Beginning on July 1, 2022, the minimum wage will increase annually based on inflation. The City of Los Angeles is expected to announce the adjusted rates on January 1, and publish a bulletin announcing the adjusted rates that will take effect on July 1 of each year.

The ordinance also contains special provisions regarding certain learners aged 14–17, and allows certain non-profit corporations (with 26 or more employees) to apply for a deferral rate schedule. A poster reflecting the new rates is not currently available.

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