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Community Outreach Organizations Launch Education and Awareness Efforts for Santa Monica’s New Minimum Wage Law: Year-long outreach kicks off with a workshop on October 20

 WHEN: Thursday, October 20, 9:30 – 11 a.m.

WHERE: Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – The City of Santa Monica has selected three partner organizations to lead a year-long community outreach and education effort for the new minimum wage law. Santa Monica businesses and the public are invited to a business-focused outreach meeting onThursday, October 20 where they can learn more about the minimum wage law.  The workshop will be led by Lee Andrews Group.  Here is more information on the City’s outreach partners:

·   Lee Andrews Group serves the City’s businesses through sector and geographic-focused workshops, and one-on-one outreach. 

·   Restaurant Opportunities Center Los Angeles (ROC LA) will reach out to the City’s restaurant workers through one-on-one outreach, training, and counseling. 

·  KIWA will reach Santa Monica workers outside the restaurant industry, and will connect with the City’s Korean-owned businesses and workers. 

Throughout the year, the three groups will conduct a series of workshops, trainings, and one-on-one outreach to Santa Monica’s employers and employees. The workshops are free, open to the public, and will address different business sectors and geographic areas. The groups will also approach businesses and employees proactively with wage law information. All will have clear identification to demonstrate their partnership with the City of Santa Monica.  Event information and more on minimum wage education can be found at www.smgov.minimumwage

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The City selected these groups based on their knowledge of the Santa Monica community and the City’s specific wage law, as well as demonstrated expertise in labor law outreach and advocacy.  Representatives from Lee Andrews Group and ROC LA served on the Santa Monica Minimum Wage Working Group, established by City Council last year, which recommended final adjustments to the law.  KIWA has significant background in worker outreach and training, and serves as the lead community partner organization for Los Angeles County’s minimum wage law. 

In addition, the City has contracted with Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs to provide minimum wage enforcement services for Santa Monica.  Any Santa Monica employee can call, email, or go in person to an LA County office to ask questions about an employment practice, report a problem, or file a wage claim.  This regional approach was deemed most cost effective in the year ahead as Santa Monica, LA County and the City of Los Angeles have all adopted similar minimum wage laws this year.  Services are available in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, and Armenian. 

City of Santa Monica staff will continue to serve as the primary source of information on Santa Monica’s minimum wage law.  You can contact the City with minimum wage questions at[email protected], or 310-458-8281.

All minimum wage information is available at www.smgov.net/minimumwage

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Constance Farrell 
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Office of Communications, City Manager’s Office
City of Santa Monica

1685 Main Street | Santa Monica, CA 90401

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