Los Angeles, California, Requires Smaller Hotels to Increase Minimum Wage, Provide Paid Time Off

Authors: Melissa Burdorf and Michael Cardman, XpertHR Legal Editors

Implementation Date: July 1, 2016

Los Angeles has passed an ordinance raising the minimum wage to $15.37 per hour for smaller hotels with 150 or more guest rooms or suites of rooms. The ordinance also requires such hotels to provide paid time off for sick leave, vacation or personal necessities. Employees will be entitled to accrue up to 96 hours of paid leave per year. After exhausting their paid time for a year, employees may also take up to an additional 80 hours of unpaid sick leave for the illness of the employee or the employee's immediate family member. The ordinance takes effect for these hotel employers beginning July 1, 2016.

The ordinance took effect one year earlier for larger hotels with 300 or more guest rooms or suites of rooms and for hotels within the Airport Hospitality Enhancement Zone with 50 or more guest rooms or suites of rooms.