The Los Angeles City Council gave its final approval this week to an ordinance mandating a $15/hour minimum wage by 2020, but held back on some of the more controversial provisions they had been considering. Unbelievably, the Council is still deliberating whether to adopt an amendment exempting certain unions that may have negotiated lower pay for some of their members in existing collective bargaining agreements! In addition, they are still considering requirements to increase the amount of paid sick time mandated for employees, to restrict the use of surcharges by restaurants to offset the added labor costs and asked for a report on possibly exempting some small businesses. Additionally, they look to study further how the law could apply to out-of-town companies with workers whose work takes them into the city. Mayor Eric Garcetti is a big supporter of the bill and will sign it into law. You can’t make this stuff up!!!