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:
- require employers to pay qualifying employees no less than the amount required in the ordinance.
- require employers to provide notices and maintain records for qualifying employees
- prohibit retaliation against employees that exercise rights protected under this ordinance
- establish fines and penalties for violations.
- designate the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs as the agency responsible for investigating violations of County wage ordinances.
- create a violation appeal process.