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$15 an hour: What you should know about NY minimum wage increase on Dec. 31

$15 an hour: What you should know about NY minimum wage increase on Dec. 31

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FILE- In this April 4, 2016 file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs a law that will gradually raise New York's minimum wage to $15, at the Javits Convention Center, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool, File)

For some New York workers, the final phase of the state's minimum wage increase will take effect on Monday, Dec. 31. 

The minimum wage for employees of New York City businesses with 11 or more employers will rise from $13 to $15 an hour. This will complete the three-year phase-in of the $15 minimum wage, which was agreed to by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers in 2016

Workers at small businesses in New York will receive $1.50 an hour minimum wage hike, from $12 to $13.50. For Long Island and Westchester County employees, the pay floor will be $12 an hour, up from $11. 

The workers at New York City businesses with 10 or fewer employees will reach the $15 minimum wage at the end of 2019. The minimum wage will increase to $15 an hour for Long Island and Westchester County employees at the end of 2021. 

For the rest of the state, including upstate counties, the new minimum wage will be $11.10 an hour, an increase of 70 cents. The minimum wage for the remainder of New York will rise to $12.50 at the end of 2020. 

The $15 minimum wage will be in effect for New York City fast-food workers, too. The wage floor for fast-food employees is also being phased in over a three-year period, at least for those in New York City. Before the scheduled increase Monday, the minimum wage was $13.50. 

Outside of the city, the minimum wage for fast-food workers will rise from $11.75 to $12.75 an hour. 

"With the historic increase in the minimum wage, New York continues to set a national example in the fight for economic justice," Cuomo said in a statement. "In New York, we believe in a fair day's pay for a fair day's work and are proud to be stepping up for hardworking families and making a real difference in the lives of New Yorkers." 

With the next minimum wage increase taking effect, the state is launching a wage theft hotline. The hotline will enable workers to report employers who don't comply with the latest wage hike. 

The phone number for the hotline is 1-888-4-NYSDOL. 

The state launched a public awareness campaign to remind workers of the minimum wage increase. The campaign will include digital, radio, subway and television advertisements. 


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