On July 1, 2018, the minimum wage is going up in all unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. The change impacts both full-time and part-time workers, with large business employees (26 employees or more) seeing a minimum wage increase to $13.25 an hour, while small business employees (25 employees or less) will see a minimum wage increase to $12 an hour.

The raise is the result of a County ordinance that is requiring gradual increases to the minimum wage and is set to reach $15 an hour for large and small business employees by 2021.

Source: Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs

All private-sector employees working at least two hours in a week in unincorporated areas of the County, including those on probation and those in training, are entitled to the new minimum wage.

This is great news for LA County residents who work in areas that comprise about ten percent of the County (areas not part of cities). A livable wage is not only good for workers and their families but puts more money in the pockets of consumers who, in turn, benefit small businesses and local economies. Empowering workers with higher pay increases equity and strengthens our economy as a whole.

The law applies to employers in the non-profit sector and private sector who are not exempted from the State minimum wage.

Employers are required to provide employees with a notice before their first day of work indicating their pay rate, time and payment method; and pay period.

If your employer does not pay you the mandated minimum wage, you may file a complaint with the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) here. Note, the DCBA does not ask or report your immigration status.

To know if you work in an unincorporated area, enter the address of your location of work here and follow DCBA’s instruction’s found here.

If you have any questions about the County minimum wage, please contact the DCBA by phone at (800)-593-8222 or submit a question to the DCBA website, here. You can also email at wagehelp@dcba.lacounty.gov.