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    City Council Votes to Affirm Minimum Wage Rate of $19.08 and Leave Provisions Through Dec 31, 2024

    At a Regular West Hollywood City Council meeting on Monday, April 15, 2024, the City Council voted to affirm the City’s Minimum Wage rate of $19.08 per hour and current Leave Provisions through December 31, 2024. Council member John Heilman made a motion to ask City Staff to come back with an ordinance change that will make the Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase annual starting in January. the motion was seconded by council member Lauren Meister. The motion passed 4-1 with a no vote from council member Sepi Shyne.

    The City of West Hollywood breaks down the City’s minimum wage ordinance as follows:

    How is the CPI increase determined?

    The minimum wage increase is determined by the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) for the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA area.

    According to the Resolution establishing an annual minimum wage increase, the minimum wage increase shall be no less than 1.0% and no more than 4.0%.

    Compensated and Uncompensated Leave

    Full time employees for all businesses are to be provided at least 96 compensated hours and 80 uncompensated hours per year for sick leave, vacation, or personal necessity. Part-time employees are to be provided compensated and uncompensated hours in increments proportional to that accrued by someone who works 40 hours in a week.

    Administrative Regulations

    To provide West Hollywood Employees and Employers further clarification on implementing the Minimum Wage Ordinance, the City has published Administrative Regulations. The Administrative Regulations outline guidance related to payment of the Citywide Minimum Wage, Compensated and Uncompensated Leave, and application of a waiver for certain Employers.

    Legal Notices

    Every Employer in the City of West Hollywood shall post in a conspicuous place at any workplace or job site where any Employee works, the bulletin published each year by the City informing Employees of the current minimum wage rate and of their rights under the Ordinance. Every Employer shall post notices in English, Spanish, and any other language spoken by at least five percent (5%) of the Employees. Every Employer shall also provide to each Employee at the time of hire, the Employer’s name, address, and telephone number in writing.

    July 1, 2023 Minimum Wage Notices

    Waiver Application

    A one-year waiver may be granted to businesses who are able to demonstrate that compliance with the payment of the Citywide Minimum Wage would force the business to: file bankruptcy or a shutdown, reduce its workforce by more than twenty percent (20%), or curtail its Employees’ total hours by more than thirty percent.

    A one-year, one-time waiver may be granted to businesses who are able to demonstrate that compliance with the leave provisions of the Citywide Minimum Wage would force the business to: file bankruptcy or a shutdown, reduce its workforce by more than twenty percent (20%), or curtail its Employees’ total hours by more than thirty percent.

    Alternatively, a three-month waiver may be granted to businesses who are able to demonstrate that compliance with the leave provisions of the Citywide Minimum Wage would cause an implementation hardship due to my business’ existing payroll and human resources processes and platforms the business has in place. Businesses may apply for up to two three-month waiver (maximum of six months)

    To file your waiver application, please follow these steps:

    1. Notify all your employees, in writing, of the business’ intent to file a Waiver Application
    2. Compile all required documents – incomplete applications will be denied
    3. Submit the Waiver Application and all required documents by selecting the waiver for payment of minimum wage or leave provisions:
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    SIck of LaBoheme
    SIck of LaBoheme
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    1 month ago

    Lucian’s voice hurts my ears almost as much as eating at la boheme annoyed me

    Kevin
    Kevin
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    1 month ago

    Of course they did. The voters that supported the majority of the council and elected them want this. Good for them that’s what winners get. If the business community has as different agenda, there are 2 seats open this fall, find candidates that support your agenda, support them financially and change may happen.

    Enough!
    Enough!
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    1 month ago

    I wonder if they will revisit at some point as more and more businesses close and it become obvious to them that their radical experiment has failed…I mean, they haven’t seen the light yet…maybe it will take a few more dozen businesses to close before it hits them(?).

    Last edited 1 month ago by Enough!
    sam
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    1 month ago

    Until Shyne,Erickson,and Byers are removed from council I highly doubt these policies will change. They all have the backing of UNITE HERE 11.

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