December 30, 2019
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Reminds New Yorkers of Upcoming Minimum Wage Increase

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Regional Minimum Wages to Increase on December 31 as New York Moves Toward $15 Minimum Wage

Reminds Workers to Contact Wage Theft Hotline (1-888-4-NYSDOL) to Report Employers Not Complying with Increase 

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today reminded New York workers and businesses that minimum wages across the State will increase on December 31, 2019, and reminded employers to update their required minimum wage informational posters. In 2016, the Governor campaigned for and succeeded in enacting the nation's strongest minimum wage law, which is being implemented in phases, ultimately achieving a statewide minimum wage of $15.

 

"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." 

 

The New York State Department of Labor has established a hotline (1-888-4-NYSDOL) where minimum wage workers can call to report any employers who do not comply with the phase-in schedule.

 

On December 31, 2019, the general minimum wage rates will increase to:

 

 

LOCATION

NEW MINIMUM WAGE EFFECTIVE 12/31/19

2019 MINIMUM WAGE

NYC - Small Employers (10 or less)

$15.00

$13.50

Long Island and Westchester

$13.00

$12.00

Remainder of State

$11.80

$11.10

 

*In NYC, for Large Employers (11 or more), the minimum wage will remain at $15.00 per hour

 

On December 31, 2019, the minimum wage rates for fast food workers will increase to:

 

 

LOCATION

NEW MINIMUM WAGE EFFECTIVE 12/31/19

2019 MINIMUM WAGE

Outside of NYC

$13.75

$12.75

 

*In NYC, the minimum wage will remain at $15.00 per hour

 

 

General Minimum Wage Rate Schedule

Location

12/31/16

12/31/17

12/31/18

12/31/19

12/31/20

2021*

NYC - Big Employers (of 11 or more)

$11.00

$13.00

$15.00

 

 

 

NYC - Small Employers (10 or less)

$10.50

$12.00

$13.50

$15.00

 

 

Long Island & Westchester

$10.00

$11.00

$12.00

$13.00

$14.00

$15.00

Remainder of New York State Workers

$9.70

$10.40

$11.10

$11.80

$12.50

*

 

 

 

$15 Minimum Wage Phase-in

 

  • The $15 minimum wage legislation was passed as part of the 2016-17 state budget, and marked a major accomplishment in the Governor's efforts to restore economic justice and fairness to working families in New York State. The phase-in schedule on a regional basis is as follows:
  • For workers in New York City employed by large businesses (those with at least 11 employees), the minimum wage rose to $11 at the end of 2016, then another $2 each year after, reaching $15 on 12/31/2018.
  • For workers in New York City employed by small businesses (those with 10 employees or fewer), the minimum wage rose to $10.50 at the end of 2016, then another $1.50 each year after, reaching $13.50 on 12/31/2018, rising to $15 on 12/31/2019.
  • For workers in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties, the minimum wage increased to $10 at the end of 2016, then $1 each year after, reaching $12 on 12/31/2018, rising to $15 on 12/31/2021.
  • For workers in the rest of the state, the minimum wage increased to $9.70 at the end of 2016, then another .70 each year after, rising to $11.10 on 12/31/18, reaching $12.50 on 12/31/2020 - after which the minimum wage will continue to increase to $15 on an indexed schedule to be set by the Director of the Division of Budget in consultation with the Department of Labor.

 

The minimum wage increases are calculated based on where an individual works, their industry, and, in some cases, the size of their employer's business. To help inform businesses and employees, the New York State Department of Labor has several tools available on its website: www.labor.ny.gov/minimumwage.

  • Minimum Wage FAQs that answer many of the most common questions
  • The Minimum Wage Lookup tool lets employees check the minimum cash wage they must be paid by their employers
  • The Minimum Wage Information Request Form lets employees ask additional questions that are not already answered on the Department's website and allows organizations to request a live presentation or webinar about the scheduled increases

 

Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said, "Thanks to Governor Cuomo's vision for wage equity for all New Yorkers, we are helping to move millions of workers out of poverty and improving the quality of life for them and their families. Our workforce is our greatest asset in New York, and we must continue to protect our workers and do our part to help them thrive. The Labor Department remains committed to ensuring a fair wage for all New Yorkers so that they can provide for their families and have a successful future."

 

More information is available at www.ny.gov/minimumwage

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