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Friday, March 20, 2009

Court of Appeal Upholds Los Angeles Living Wage Ordinance

I've gotten behind and am going to make a concerted effort to catch up, including posting on all of the important cases that have come down in the last two months.

On January 20, 2009, the Second District Court of Appeal held that the City of Los Angeles Living Wage Ordinance ("LWO") basically means what it says: an employee is eligible for LWO wages and benefits if he or she “spends any of his or her time” on a city service contract. The Court tossed out a regulation limiting the LWO to those workers who spend at least 20 hours per month on city contracts. The Court held: "Regulation 5 directly conflicts with the LWO’s articulated remedial purpose of raising wages for low wage service workers and ameliorating the burden placed on city social services caused by payment of inadequate compensation."

This ruling in Aguiar v. Cintas will help bolster arguments regarding the remedial nature and importance of California's wage and hour laws.

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