New York Raises Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour Over Next Several Years

Governor Cuomo Signs $15 Minimum Wage Plan and 12 Week Paid Family Leave Policy into Law

Increases to Begin by End of 2016

Under new legislation, the New York minimum wage is generally expected to rise as follows:

  • For workers in New York City employed by large businesses (those with at least 11 employees), the minimum wage is expected to rise to $11 at the end of 2016, then another $2 each year after, reaching $15 on December 31, 2018.
  • For workers in New York City employed by small businesses (those with 10 employees or fewer), the minimum wage is expected to rise to $10.50 by the end of 2016, then another $1.50 each year after, reaching $15 on December 31, 2019.
  • For workers in Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties, the minimum wage is expected to increase to $10 at the end of 2016, then $1 each year after, reaching $15 onDecember 31, 2021.
  • For workers in the rest of New York State, the minimum wage is expected to increase to$9.70 at the end of 2016, then another $0.70 each year after until reaching $12.50 onDecember 31, 2020—after which it will continue to increase to $15 on an indexed schedule.
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