Employer Alert: Local Minimum Wage Increases on July 1, 2023
Employer Alert: Local Minimum Wage Increases on July 1, 2023

On July 1, 2023, a number of local municipalities and the County of Los Angeles will be raising their hourly minimum wage, based on changes to the consumer price index, and as required by local minimum wage ordinances. Beginning July 1, 2023, the following increases will apply to employers in the designated areas:

In addition, on July 1, 2023, all businesses in the City of West Hollywood, including smaller businesses and hotel employers, will be required to raise the hourly minimum wage to $19.08.  In the past several years, the City of West Hollywood’s minimum wage and corresponding increases varied based on employer size and were higher for hotel employers.

In determining whether a given increase applies, employers should know that it is not where an employee lives, or where an employer is based, that determines the minimum wage that must be paid.  Rather, it is where the employee works that determines the minimum wage requirement that will be applied.  In many municipalities, if an employee works as few as two hours in the city in a week, that municipality’s minimum wage will apply to the time worked for that week.  Employers should also be aware that some of these areas require the posting of a minimum wage notice provided by local authorities.

The author would like to gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Joanne Warriner.

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