Midday Sunday: Minimum wage begins

Today's first guest is Brian Stiger, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs.  
The county's first incremental increase in the minimum wage goes into effect less than three weeks from now on Friday, July 1, 2016.  Los Angeles County's minimum wage will apply only to unincorporated communities.  
The City of Los Angeles' minimum wage law also goes into effect on July 1, 2016.   In both jurisdictions, the minimum wage will reach $15.00 per hour in 2020.
Businesses and non-profit organizations with fewer than 26 employees will not have to pay them the minimum wage until July 1, 2017.
The county will have several programs in effect to protect employee rights and guard against intimidation and wage theft by employers.
Specific details about the county's minimum wage program for employees and employers can be found at www.dcba.lacounty.gov.  
Today's other guest is Carmen Hirciag, the Senior Research Analyst for the California Association of Realtors.  CAR's latest survey looks at renters across the state and their plans--if any--for eventually purchasing a home.  Affordability is a big factor in Southern California as is household income.  
The CAR survey found that significant numbers of apartment dwellers do make plans for eventual home ownership although the size of a typical California family is decreasing.  CAR also found that ethnic home buyers often purchased homes with the expectation that their aging parents will some day move in with them.  
The California Association of Realtors website is www.car.org.

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