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September 16, 2015

L.A. County Rejects Nonprofit Exemption to Minimum-Wage Hike

Los Angeles County supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday to approve the final language of legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021 after turning down proposals to exempt small nonprofits and those that run job-training programs, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The decision contrasts with that of the City of Los Angeles, which exempted "transitional employment programs" such as Homeboy Industries and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps in raising its minimum wage earlier this year. The county measure, set for a final vote next week, would apply to unincorporated areas of the jurisdiction.

County lawmakers also rejected an exception for charities with 25 or fewer employees. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said setting a "different floor" for different employers would "undercut the minimum wage, which is a basic element of trying to confront the issue of income inequality."