Living Wage Ordinance (LWO)

Living Wage Ordinance (LWO)

ALL CONTRACTORS AND EMPLOYEES: If you are working on a Los Angeles City Contract that is subject to the Living Wage Ordinance, you are entitled to 96 compensated hours per year for sick leave, vacation, or personal necessity, plus 80 additional hours of uncompensated time off for family or personal illness.

The LWO applies to City Contractors and ensures that employees working on City contracts are paid the City’s Living Wage (which consists of a cash wage rate and an employer’s health benefits contribution) and are provided with time off as required by the LWO (at least 96 compensated hours off and 80 uncompensated hours off).

Attention: Contractors with a collective bargaining supersession waiver or any other exemption from the LWO, you must still ensure compliance with the City Minimum Wage Ordinance. As of July 1, 2020, the City Minimum Wage for Employers with 26 or more Employees increases to $15.00/hour for qualified Employees in the City of Los Angeles. Employers will need to ensure compliance with all requirements of the City's Los Angeles Municipal Code 187 and 188, as applicable. For more information about the minimum wage laws, visit

For more details on the Living Wage Ordinance and forms, see links below:

LWO Determinations for the Airport

Letters Regarding Rate Increases

Current Rates

Forms and Posters