On May 19, 2015, the Los Angeles City Council voted 14 to 1 in favor of a gradual increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour, which will be phased in as follows:
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The increases are delayed by one year for employers with 25 or fewer employees (i.e., $10.50 by July 1, 2017; $12 by July 1, 2018, etc.). In addition, starting in 2022, the Los Angeles minimum wage will increase annually based on the Consumer Price Index. By this vote, Los Angeles joins other major U.S. cities, including San Francisco and Chicago, that require a minimum wage in excess of federal law.
The increase will likely have widespread effects; some estimate approximately 50 percent of the Los Angeles workforce earns less than $15 per hour. City officials estimate the plan will increase the pay of 800,000 Los Angeles workers.
Prior to the increase becoming effective, City Attorney Mike Feuer has to draft a final ordinance for approval by Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City Council. Mayor Garcetti has already promised to sign the wage increase into law. That is anticipated to occur next month.