And So, the Trend of Hike in Minimum Wage Continues
Santa Monica will carry forward the legacy of the newest trend across the country in corporate market, ‘hike in minimum wages’. The Santa Monica City Council has voted to sanction the ordinance for minimum wage, which will arrive in effect from July 1, 2016. The wage ordinance is equivalent to the one passed by Los Angeles and comprehends phased hike in minimum salary for workers within the Santa Monica city through 2020. For employers with 25 or less employees and qualifying non-profits it will be delayed by one year, i.e., 2021, in order to reach the peak rate of minimum wage. From July 1, 2016, Santa Monica employees will receive hike in their salary to $10.50 per hour, in the same manner as that of Los Angeles. Also, the minimum wage will be increasing in five segments for upcoming years respectively, which is 2017- $12.00, 2018- $13.25, 2019- $14.25, and finally, 2020- $15.
For hotel workers in Santa Monica, the ordinance offers even higher amount for minimum wage. The ordinance will arrive in effect on July 1, 2016 with the minimum wage amount beginning at $13.25 followed by another increase on July 1, 2017 with $15.37. This provision will be applicable to all motels and hotels in Santa Monica, no matter what their size is, and it is also applicable to all the workers also including the one working at on-site diners or restaurants.
The latest provision will also include an exception for first timers, allowing employers to offer 85% of the imperative minimum salary for the first six months or 480 hours of work.
The city council of Santa Monica has also included sick leave provisions, which states that individuals working for companies with 26 or more workers will receive 9 paid sick leave days and those working for companies with less than 26 workers will receive 5 paid sick leave days.