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Minimum Wage

Activists cheer during a rally after the New York Wage Board endorsed a proposal to set a $15 minimum wage for workers at fast-food restaurants with 30 or more locations, Wednesday, July 22, 2015 in New York. The increase would be phased in over three years in New York City and over six years elsewhere. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

As a broader minimum wage increase for New York workers goes into effect Sunday, fast-food workers in the state will be getting a raise, too. 

For fast-food workers in New York City, the minimum wage will increase from $12 to $13.50 an hour. Fast-food employees in the rest of the state will get a $1 raise, from $10.75 to $11.75 an hour. 

The hikes are part of a plan to gradually increase the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hour. This is the third increase for fast-food employees in New York since a state wage board recommended the pay raises in 2015. 

New York City fast-food workers will be paid $15 an hour beginning Dec. 31, 2018. The increase will be phased in over a longer period for workers in the rest of the state. 

For fast-food workers outside of New York City, the minimum wage will rise to $12.75 an hour on Dec. 31, 2018, $13.75 an hour on Dec. 31, 2019 and $14.50 an hour on Dec. 31, 2020. It will reach $15 an hour on July 1, 2021. 

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. 

The fast food restaurants required to pay the minimum wage are also defined by the agency. An establishment is considered a fast food restaurant if it "offers limited service where customers order and pay before eating, including restaurants with tables but without full table service and places that only provide take-out service," according to the state Department of Labor. 

However, the minimum wage increases only apply to restaurants that are part of a chain of 30 or more locations nationwide. The minimum wage covers fast-food workers at more than 130 chains operating in New York, including Arby's, Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Dairy Queen, Domino's Pizza, KFC, McDonalds, Panera Bread, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, Subway, Taco Bell and Wendy's. 

The minimum wage rule also applies to local chains that operate at least 30 locations in New York. 

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. 

Beginning Sunday, the state's minimum wage will increase to $13 an hour for employees at New York City businesses with at least 11 employees and $12 an hour for workers at New York City companies with no more than 10 employees. 

The minimum wage will rise to $11 an hour for workers in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties and $10.40 an hour for employees in the rest of the state. 

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