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Higher pay for LAX hotel workers as ‘Living wage’ law stands

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Hotels near Los Angeles International Airport will have to begin offering higher pay. The California Supreme Court has declined to review an appeals court decision upholding a city ordinance that requires the hotels to pay its workers the city’s living-wage rate.

The law requires 13 hotels in the LAX Enhancement Zone to pay workers $9.39 per hour if the hotels provide health benefits and insurance, $10.64 per hour if they do not. Seven hotels filed a petition seeking an order enjoining enactment of the Los Angeles Living Wage Ordinance soon after the city passed it in February 2007. Superior Court Judge David P. Jaffe granted the petition.

But on appeal late last year, a three-justice panel of the state appeals court disagreed and vacated Jaffe’s order.

Final note: The California Supreme Court decision not to review the wage ordinance may prompt more local governments to enact similar wage laws. With a test case out of the way, municipalities, towns and counties now are reasonably sure that similar laws won’t end up mired in years of expensive litigation.

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