NY fast-food workers get latest minimum wage increase

As part of Gov. Cuomo's legislation minimum-wage workers will see a pay raise while the new paid family leave program starts

As part of Gov. Cuomo's legislation minimum-wage workers will see a pay raise while the new paid family leave program starts

The statewide minimum wage will increase to $15 an hour for other workers, but on a different schedule than the one established for fast-food employees.

1, 2018, most people who work for a private employer in NY will be eligible for eight weeks of paid family leave.

Since the passage of the amendment and the enactment of Florida's minimum wage law in 2005, the state minimum wage has risen $2.10 an hour, or 34 percent, since the original wage was set at $6.15 in 2005.

New York City fast-food workers will be paid $15 an hour beginning December 31, 2018. And while states like OH and Kentucky have blocked wage increases, others like Colorado and Hawaii just instituted pay raises of nearly a dollar.

"I'm very concerned raising the cost of entry-level jobs will highlight the differences in cost between doing business in NY versus other states", Goodell said on Friday. This is the third increase for fast-food employees in NY since a state wage board recommended the pay raises in 2015. The 50-cent increase translates to an extra $1,040 per year.

The state attorney general may also bring an enforcement action to enforce the minimum wage.

However, Goodell said he does sympathize with the working poor and how hard it is to balance a budget on minimum wage.

However, the minimum wage increases only apply to restaurants that are part of a chain of 30 or more locations nationwide. The minimum wage for employees of smaller businesses with fewer than 11 employees will be $12/hour.

Minimum wage workers are already making more than that in Emeryville, where the minimum wage is $15.20 - reportedly the highest rate in the country.

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