As I have blogged about previously, on October 10, 2014, the Los Angeles City Council passed the “Citywide Hotel Worker Minimum Wage Ordinance” (Ordinance). Last week I participated in a panel discussion for the Los Angeles Hotel Human Resources Association (LAHHRA) about the Ordinance, the nuances of its requirements, and possible legal challenges.
Even though much of the press attention has been devoted to the increase in minimum wage (up to $15.37), the Ordinance requires much more. The Ordinance has detailed provisions requiring both paid time off and unpaid time off. There are rules about service charges and how they must be distributed. There are also employee notice requirements. Some of these provisions into effect on either July 1, 2015 or July 1, 2016 depending on the hotel’s number of rooms, but other requirements go into effect on November 10, 2014 (30 days after the Ordinance was passed).
Therefore, if you are a hotel in the Los Angeles area, or you are interested in the latest developments in minimum wage and other pay requirements for hotels, take a look at this alert to learn all about the Ordinance’s provisions, and to review a detailed hotel to-do list.