Minimum wage is set to increase for workers and employers across New York today (December 31), with the Upstate region getting a 70-cent raise from $11.10 to $11.80/hr.
Additionally, the state’s fast-food workers outside of NYC will see an increase from $12.75 to $13.75/hr.
These changes come as the fourth phase of Gov. Cuomo’s 2016 plan to gradually reach a $15/hr minimum wage statewide, which is being done through annual increments that vary by region.
Fast-food workers and other large businesses in New York City already operate on a $15/hr minimum wage.
The same can now be said for small NYC businesses with 10 employees or less as well, as they made their final jump today from $13.50/hr.
The minimum wage in Long Island and Westchester County increases from an hourly wage of $12 to $13.
Employers are required to implement the new wages by law and are reminded to update their mandatory minimum wage informational posters with the updates.
Those who don’t comply can be reported to a toll-free hotline run by the NYS Department of Labor at 888-469-7365.
“With this monumental increase in the minimum wage, New York is continuing to lead the way to restoring economic justice for working families,” Governor Cuomo said. “In 2016 we set an example for the rest of the nation to follow by raising the minimum wage to $15, and this year we are continuing to move forward with this successful plan that is bringing real change for New York’s families and paying dividends across the entire state.”