Business & Economy

LA County approves program to strengthen minimum wage enforcement

Protesters in front of a McDonald's in South L.A. where fast-food workers and their supporters gathered to protest wage theft in April 2014. Many fast-food restaurants like McDonald's say they have no control over hiring and firing decisions in franchises. That has made it difficult for unions to organize workers across a restaurant chain.
Protesters in front of a McDonald's in South L.A. where fast-food workers and their supporters gathered to protest wage theft in April 2014. Many fast-food restaurants like McDonald's say they have no control over hiring and firing decisions in franchises. That has made it difficult for unions to organize workers across a restaurant chain.
File photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to approve a mechanism to enforce the new countywide minimum wage and ensure that employers are abiding by the changes.

Supervisors voted last year to raise the county minimum wage to $15 an hour by the year 2020. The first phase — which goes into effect July 1 — will hike the county minimum wage to $10.50 per hour. 

“Today is a unique and exciting day for L.A. County, because we are taking the next step to solve a problem that both employers and employees agree is a crisis for fair competition and dignity at work,” L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis said of the program when it was first introduced.

You can read the full ordinance here. Supervisor Mike Antonovich was the sole dissenting vote on Tuesday.

The six-pronged wage enforcement program seeks to: