This conclusion was not made lightly but rather given thoughtful consideration and deliberation for over 16 months. West Hollywood businesses all supported an increase but felt the State provided them a more appropriate schedule to transition and make any adjustments necessary to stay in business, retain all their employees and their bottom line.
West Hollywood City Council heard business concerns and gave serious consideration to a minimum wage program that took a thoughtful approach to what was right for West Hollywood’s unique small business community. “The city took a bold stand for our community, recognizing that the composition of our business and resident communities is quite different,” stated West Hollywood Chamber Chair, Keith Kaplan. “They elected to stay with the State and furthered address the needs of the small business community greatly affected by new Federal and State laws and regulations.”
Currently, California’s minimum wage is $10/hour. The new law will increase this amount as follows for businesses who employ 26 or more employees:
- On January 1, 2017, the minimum wage will increase to $10.50 per hour.
- On January 1, 2018, the minimum wage will increase to $11 per hour.
- On January 1, 2019, the minimum wage will increase to $12 per hour.
- On January 1, 2020, the minimum wage will increase to $13 per hour.
- On January 1, 2021, the minimum wage will increase to $14 per hour.
- On January 1, 2022, the minimum wage will increase to $15 per hour.
There is a delay in implementations for small businesses. Specifically, the above schedule is delayed at each step by one year for employers with 25 or fewer employees.
The Chamber continues to work with City and State officials to urge California Legislature to address several of the issues raised by the new CA state minimum wage including tipped compensation for the hospitality industries which makes up 26% of West Hollywood’s business composition. This issue disproportionately impacts our neighborhood-serving establishments which Wehonians are so fond of, and important to the unique fabric of our community.