Jobs and the Economy

Raising the Minimum Wage

Rep. Adam Schiff remains committed to ensuring that all Americans can earn a livable wage to make ends meet. He is an original cosponsor of the Raise the Wage Act, which would increase the minimum wage to $8.55 per hour immediately and to $15 within five years, and index it to median wage growth thereafter. An increase in the minimum wage will ensure that millions of hard-working Americans can support themselves and will help lift more than one million Americans out of poverty.

Ensuring Equal Pay for Equal Work

Rep. Adam Schiff has been a fervent supporter of equal pay. He voted for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which was signed into law by the President on January 29, 2009. The law helps women earn the same amount of pay for the same work done by their male colleagues. It also makes employers who violate sexual discrimination prohibitions liable in a civil action for either compensatory or punitive damages.

Schiff also supports the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 by placing larger penalties on claims of pay discrimination and providing new protections for employees. Schiff believes equal pay is not only an issue of fairness for women but for all working families. Schiff has been a cosponsor of this bill since his first term in Congress and was  proud to vote in favor of this important legislation.

Helping Small Businesses

Small businesses have always been the true engine of economic growth in challenging times and have helped power the country out of every recession in our history. Unfortunately, small businesses are suffering from an uncertain economic climate given the recent outbreak of COVID-19. Rep. Schiff was proud to support the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, which provides $377 billion in assistance to small businesses through a number of different ways. Please click here to learn more about how you and your business can access this assistance.

Small Business Development Centers

The Los Angeles Regional SBDC Network is part of the nationwide SBDC program. More than 1.3 million businesses take advantage of SBDC management advising, education, and instruction every year. Federal, state and local funding enable SBDCs to provide low-cost and no-cost seminars and workshops on a wide variety of subjects such as: business plans, incorporation, capital sourcing, marketing, contracting, procurement, and technology. Additionally, business advisors are available by appointment to meet at your place of business.

Local Contact Information:

Pacific Coast Regional

3255 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1501
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone: 213-674-2696                                                        

Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment

1055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1475
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213-353-3982  

Little Tokyo Service Center

231 East Third Street, Suite G-106
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Phone: 213-473-3030

Valley Economic Development Center

5121 Van Nuys Blvd, 3rd Floor
Van Nuys, CA 91403
Phone: 818-907-9977