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June 24, 2015

L.A. Advances Minimum-Wage Exemption for Job-Training Groups

A Los Angeles City Council committee approved a proposal Tuesday to temporarily shield nonprofits that help hard-to-employ residents get into the work force from an upcoming minimum-wage increase, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The measure would exempt groups that hire and train ex-gang members, homeless people, and other marginalized populations for up to 18 months from the wage hike adopted last month, which will raise the pay floor in stages to $15 an hour by 2020.

Training organizations Chrysalis, the L.A. Conservation Corps, and Homeboy Industries argue that immediate implementation of the wage increase would force them to significantly curb hiring and other services to disadvantaged clients. Business groups support the exemption, but labor has opposed loosening the pay rules for nonprofits.

The City Council's Economic Development Committee asked municipal lawyers to draft language spelling out eligibility requirements as the measure heads to the full council.