Another minimum wage hike will be coming for New York workers Sunday.
Beginning Dec. 31, the minimum wage for workers at large New York City companies with at least 11 employees will rise from $11 to $13 an hour. For employees at small firms with 10 employees or less, the minimum wage will be $12 an hour, up from $10.50.
In Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties, the minimum wage will increase from $10 to $11 an hour.
For workers in the rest of the state, the minimum wage will be $10.40 an hour, up from $9.70.
The increase is the second phase of the $15 minimum wage Gov. Andrew Cuomo successfully advocated for in 2016. The first increase went into effect on Dec. 31, 2016.
The wage hike will be phased in over a period of three years for employees at large New York City companies and four years for workers at smaller city businesses.
On Long Island and in Westchester County, the minimum wage will reach $15 an hour over a six-year period.
For the remainder of the state, including all of upstate, it will take longer for the minimum wage to reach $15 an hour. The minimum wage for the rest of the state will rise to $11.10 at the end of 2018, $11.80 at the end of 2019, and $12.50 on Dec. 31, 2020.
Beginning in 2021, the minimum wage increase will be determined by the state budget director, who will use the consumer price index and other economic indicators to determine how much it should rise.
The state labor commissioner will publish the annual minimum wage hikes no later than Oct. 1.
The statewide minimum wage hike is in addition to the increase specifically for workers in the fast-food industry. Beginning Sunday, the minimum wage for fast-food workers in New York City will increase from $12 to $13.50 an hour. For workers in the rest of the state, the minimum wage will rise from $10.75 to $11.75 an hour.