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L.A. County Minimum Wage Increases July 1st

The minimum wage is increasing on July 1st. Here’s what you need to know:


On October 29, 2015, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors enacted a new Minimum Wage Ordinance which requires employers in the unincorporatedareas of Los Angeles County with 26 or more employees to pay a minimum wage of $10.50 starting July 1, 2016. The minimum wage will increase each year, culminating in an hourly wage of $15.00 on July 1, 2020. For businesses with 25 or fewer employees, the wage increases are deferred a year.

On November 17, 2015, the Board designated the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs as the agency responsible for enforcing the new minimum wage ordinance through the Wage Enforcement Program.

Pay Schedule

The County’s minimum wage will increase as follows:


Employers with 26 or More Employees

Effective Date

Minimum Wage

July 1, 2016 $10.50
July 1, 2017 $12.00
July 1, 2018 $13.25
July 1, 2019 $14.25
July 1, 2020 $15.00


Employers with 25 or Less Employees

Effective Date

Minimum Wage

July 1, 2017 $10.50
July 1, 2018 $12.00
July 1, 2019 $13.25
July 1, 2020 $14.25
July 1, 2021 $15.00

Required Posting

Businesses must post a notice of the new minimum wage rate. Here are the links to the required posting:







Every employer shall post notices in English, Spanish, and the primary language the employer uses to communicate with their employees. Employers may obtain electronic versions of the posters from the DCBA website, by submitting an email request or by visiting a DCBA office if posters are available.

The posters must be placed in a conspicuous area where your employees work. If you do not have a physical location you must provide a copy of the notice posting to each of your employees working in the unincorporated areas.

If you have questions about the new minimum wage ordinance, please contact the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs at (800) 593-8222 or visit their website at

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