Representatives from the Thai Community Development Center (Thai CDC), Chinatown Service Center (CSC), Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA), and Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) came together to announce the outreach plan for the new minimum wage rollout in the City of Los Angeles.
Starting July 1, 2016, the new minimum wage for the City of Los Angeles is $10.50 per hour. This new minimum wage applies to businesses that have 26 or more employees. The minimum wage is part of the planned minimum wage increase that will reach $15.00 by 2020.
“The Thai Community Development Center is pleased to be part of a Citywide effort to educate small businesses particularly Thai businesses about the City’s new wage standards in an effort to help Thai businesses understand the minimum wage and anti-wage theft laws now in effect so that they can be in compliance,” said Chancee Martorell, Executive Director of Thai Community Development Center. “We also want to make ourselves available to answer any questions they may have and resolve any confusion on the new wage standards. By helping them achieve compliance, we protect both businesses and workers.”
The Asian Pacific Islander (API) organizations will work together to provide informational outreach materials to educate businesses in their respective communities. Alongside informational materials, each organization will have programs that will cater to small business owners.
Furthermore, they will connect with community members through business workshops, Entrepreneurship Training Program classes, community events, meetings and one-on-one business counseling.
“SIPA understands how important this project is to make sure that employers are informed about new wage laws. Pilipino business owners need to know how minimum wage laws will impact their businesses and what, if any, adjustments they need to make for the benefit of both employer and employee,” stated Dorothy Gamoning, Interim Executive Director of SIPA.
“As a neighborhood-based community development corporation established over 35 years ago, the preservation and continuation of Little Tokyo as a viable, culturally rich community is a priority for Little Tokyo Service Center. A large part of maintaining Little Tokyo a culturally rich community involves having a strong small business economy,” said Takao Suzuki, Director of Community Economic Development of LTSC. “To maintain and help the growth of the small business sector in Little Tokyo, providing information, education and technical assistance in Japanese in a culturally sensitive manner is a priority of ours when conducting workshops and outreach regarding the City’s new wage standards. We are excited about the partnership with Thai CDC, CSC, SIPA and the City to make this happen!”
With this outreach plan, the API organizations plan to reach between 80 and 100 businesses and over 1,000 individuals in their communities by the end of the month of July. Individuals can reach out to the API organizations or visit www.wagesla.lacity.org for more information about the new minimum wage law in Los Angeles.