Who must post the Los Angeles County Contractor Living Wage Poster?
Private businesses that contract with the County of Los Angeles are required to post the Los Angeles County Contractor Living Wage Ordinance (LWO) Notice to Employees to inform employees working on covered contracts of the current living wage rate, retaliation and retention protections, the federal EITC tax credit, and information about complaints.
- The LWO Notice to Employees Poster must be displayed in a conspicuous place at each contract work-site where contract employees can see it.
- In addition, LA County contractors must distribute at contract startup and annually thereafter the LA County Contractor Living Wage Notice to Employees Information Sheet handout to contract employees to inform them of their rights under the LWO. Contractors must also provide the Information Sheet handout to new employees hired during the term of the contract.
- At the time of each distribution of the Information Sheet, LA County contractors are required to complete a signed LA County Contractor Notice to Employees Receipt Acknowledgement form by which employees acknowledge receipt of the Information Sheet handout. The Receipt Acknowledgement form must be retained by the contractor for a minimum of 7 years.
- The contractor is required to translate posters and handouts into Spanish and any other language spoken by a significant number of employees. The Los Angeles County Contractor Living Wage Poster is bilingual English/Spanish.
What Contracts are Covered?
The LWO is applicable to Los Angeles County Proposition A (Prop A) and cafeteria services contracts worth $25,000 or more in any 12-month period, and subcontracts. Prop A contracts are for services that could be performed by County employees but are more economically performed by contractors. The LWO does not apply to agreements between a contractor and a labor organization (i.e., union) or collective bargaining unit that expressly supersedes the LWO.
Payment of Living Wage
Covered contractors are required to pay employees a living wage rate no less than the hourly rate established pursuant to Los Angeles County Code Chapter 2.201.040. Beginning January 1, 2019, the living wage rate is $ 15.79 per hour. Beginning January 1, 2020, and each year thereafter, the living wage rate will increase based on the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index. An employer is required to pay the living wage rate to an employee only for hours worked on the County contract.