MINIMUM WAGE

Basics for Employers

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MINIMUM WAGE

Basics for Employers

If you pay workers to do work in unincorporated Los Angeles County, here are some important details about the new minimum wage.

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L.A. County Required Workplace Posting

Every Employer shall post this notice in a conspicuous place at any workplace or jobsite located within the unincorporated areas of the County where any Employee works. Employee Notification Requirements: Posting reproductions or facsimiles of DCBA’s Official Notice shall constitute compliance with the posting requirements of Los Angeles County Code Section 8.101.060 (A) where such reproductions or facsimiles are at least 8 1/2 inches by 14 inches, and the printing size is in at least 10 point font. Whenever the size of the DCBA’s Official Notice increases, the size of the print shall also increase accordingly.

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What does the new minimum wage mean for employers?

Who qualifies for the new minimum wage?

Anyone who works at least two hours in a one-week period within the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County is entitled to the County minimum wage for the hours worked in the unincorporated area of the County. The employee’s employment status, where they live, or where your business is headquartered does not determine the minimum wage that applies. Some of your workers may be exempt from this law. To determine if any of your workers are exempt, call us at 800.593.8222 or email us at wagehelp@dcba.lacounty.gov.

When does the minimum wage increase?

The County’s minimum wage will increase each year on July 1. Employers must pay their employees no less than the following hourly rates on the following effective dates.

Year For employers with 26 or more employees For employers with 25 or fewer employees
2016 $10.50 $10.00
2017 $12.00 $10.50
2018 $13.25 $12.00
2019 $14.25 $13.25
2020 $15.00 $14.25
2021 $15.00 $15.00

How do I know if work was done in an unincorporated area of the County?

To determine if work is done in an unincorporated area of L.A. County, enter the address at the County Registrar-Recorder’s website. (Follow our guide for step-by-step instructions.) You also can call DCBA. If your employees perform work in the unincorporated areas of L.A. County, even if your business or non-profit is not located in an unincorporated area of L.A. County, then you must pay them at least the County’s minimum wage. If your employee has not performed work in unincorporated L.A. County, you must pay the minimum wage established by the State of California or city where your business is located.

What are my responsibilities as a business or non-profit under the County minimum wage ordinance?

  • Pay employees the minimum wage rate required by the County law for work performed in unincorporated L.A. County.
  • Post a notice in a conspicuous place to inform employees of the current minimum wage rate and their rights under the law; or if you do not have a physical business location, provide a copy of the notice to all employees that perform work in the unincorporated areas of L.A. County. DCBA will make available the notice that you are required to post in the languages needed.
  • Maintain accurate and complete payroll records for each employee for a period of four years.

What happens if my business or non-profit is contacted by a DCBA investigator?

DCBA works with employees and employers to ensure that violations of the County’s minimum wage law are identified, addressed, and remedied in a timely and effective manner. If DCBA receives a complaint about your business, we will contact you to check your payroll records and interview you and your employees. DCBA has the authority to issue a citation for any findings of a violation. DCBA will discuss the investigation with you and allow you to respond to any complaints and correct the situation, if necessary. It is against the law for you to retaliate against an employee who:

  • Requests to be paid the mandated minimum wage.
  • Files a complaint about a potential minimum wage violation.
  • Informs other people about their rights or a potential violation.

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What does the new minimum wage mean for employers?

Who qualifies for the new minimum wage?

Anyone who works at least two hours in a one-week period within the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County is entitled to the County minimum wage for the hours worked in the unincorporated area of the County. The employee’s employment status, where they live, or where your business is headquartered does not determine the minimum wage that applies. Some of your workers may be exempt from this law. To determine if any of your workers are exempt, call us at 800.593.8222 or email us at wagehelp@dcba.lacounty.gov.

When does the minimum wage increase?

The County’s minimum wage will increase each year on July 1. Employers must pay their employees no less than the following hourly rates on the following effective dates.

Year For employers with 26 or more employees For employers with 25 or fewer employees
2016 $10.50 $10.00
2017 $12.00 $10.50
2018 $13.25 $12.00
2019 $14.25 $13.25
2020 $15.00 $14.25
2021 $15.00 $15.00

How do I know if work was done in an unincorporated area of the County?

To determine if work is done in an unincorporated area of L.A. County, enter the address at the County Registrar-Recorder’s website. (Follow our guide for step-by-step instructions.) You also can call DCBA. If your employees perform work in the unincorporated areas of L.A. County, even if your business or non-profit is not located in an unincorporated area of L.A. County, then you must pay them at least the County’s minimum wage. If your employee has not performed work in unincorporated L.A. County, you must pay the minimum wage established by the State of California or city where your business is located.

What are my responsibilities as a business or non-profit under the County minimum wage ordinance?

  • Pay employees the minimum wage rate required by the County law for work performed in unincorporated L.A. County.
  • Post a notice in a conspicuous place to inform employees of the current minimum wage rate and their rights under the law; or if you do not have a physical business location, provide a copy of the notice to all employees that perform work in the unincorporated areas of L.A. County. DCBA will make available the notice that you are required to post in the languages needed.
  • Maintain accurate and complete payroll records for each employee for a period of four years.

What happens if my business or non-profit is contacted by a DCBA investigator?

DCBA works with employees and employers to ensure that violations of the County’s minimum wage law are identified, addressed, and remedied in a timely and effective manner. If DCBA receives a complaint about your business, we will contact you to check your payroll records and interview you and your employees. DCBA has the authority to issue a citation for any findings of a violation. DCBA will discuss the investigation with you and allow you to respond to any complaints and correct the situation, if necessary. It is against the law for you to retaliate against an employee who:

  • Requests to be paid the mandated minimum wage.
  • Files a complaint about a potential minimum wage violation.
  • Informs other people about their rights or a potential violation.

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Small Business Initiative

The Small Business Initiative helps small businesses in unincorporated Los Angeles County transition to paying the new minimum wage. It is a collaboration of County resources to help you save money, make money, and grow your business.

Clasificación Errónea de Trabajadores

La clasificación errónea ocurre cuando un trabajador es clasificado incorrectamente como un contratista independiente y no como un empleado.

Understanding Misclassification in the Workplace

Misclassification happens when a worker is incorrectly classified as an independent contractor rather than an employee.

L.A. County’s Minimum Wage PDF for Employers in Other Languages

Spanish
Vietnamese
Chinese
Korean
Tagalog
Armenian

L.A. County’s Minimum Wage PDF for Employers in Other Languages

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