NY fast-food workers get latest minimum wage increase

Jo Ingles

This is the third increase for fast-food employees in NY since a state wage board recommended the pay raises in 2015.

Michigan's minimum wage is set to rise on New Year's Day.

Of the 22 European Union member states with a minimum wage, only workers in Luxembourg (€1,999 per month) receive a higher monthly minimum wage than workers in Ireland, who take home €1,563 per month, according to the report, valid as of January 1, 2017.

The hourly wage will then increase again to $11 in 2019 and $12 in 2020.




The Cuomo administration estimated that more than 2.3 million workers will be helped by the increase in the wage, which had been $9.70 per hour. Minimum wage earners in the rest of the state will have their salaries increased to $10.40/hour. The increase will be phased in over a longer period for workers in the rest of the state.

According to the state Department of Labor, the minimum wage increase for fast-food workers applies to any employee whose job duties include customer service, cooking, food or drink preparation, delivery, security, stocking supplies or equipment, cleaning or routine maintenance.

"In many cases, our employers are paying beyond minimum wage", he said. When the wages increase, it makes it "cost effective" for employers to look for alternatives like self-check outs and other automated systems. The minimum wage in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties will increase to $11, while upstate NY will see the minimum wage increase to $10.40. For example, since 2016 the minimum wage has increased 14.5% and is scheduled to continue to increase through 2021.

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