By: Natalie Welles
The minimum wage was raised on July 1 to $13.25 for all companies within Malibu that have 25 or more employees. During a city council meeting on March 28, 2016, the wage ordinance was adopted and established. The minimum wage increase started gradually, beginning with $10.50 per hour on July 1, 2016, and will end up being $15 per hour by 2020.
Under Malibu’s ordinance, businesses with more than 25 employees are required to meet local minimum wage requirements, such as giving $14.25 per hour starting in 2019, and $15 starting in 2020.
“Malibu is a compassionate, fair-minded community, and we understand there are many people working in the city for whom any increase in their salary makes a difference in their well-being,” said Mayor Rick Mullen in a press statement. “At the same time, by phasing in the increase, we hope to give our local businesses time to adjust to the change.”
Enacted by LA County, small businesses with fewer than 25 employees are given time to adjust, with a one-year delay in implementing the increased minimum wage. However, wages will still increase annually and reach $15 per hour by 2021.