Failed: New York Minimum Wage Increase

Facing an uphill battle against New York Senate Republicans, a Bill to raise the state’s minimum wage rate to $10.10 per hour failed to pass in the final days of the 2013-2014 legislative session.

Proponents of the Bill (A8343-2013/S.6518-a) also wanted to adjust New York’s minimum wage annually for inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

What is the New York Minimum Wage?

Minimum wage workers in New York already are benefiting from a series of wage increases established during previous legislative sessions. Currently, New York employers must pay all employees at least $8.00 per hour until December 31, 2014.

Then the minimum wage is scheduled to increase to $8.75. The rate increases again one year later on December 31, 2015, which is a 33 percent increase over the 2005 rate of $6.00.

What about New York Wage Orders?

The New York General Industry Minimum Wage Act applies to most employers, but for certain types of businesses, wage orders can modify pay rates, work hours, uniform allowances, and other items specific to those industries. To access wage orders applicable to your industry, click the links below:

What do New York Employers Need to Know?

In addition to paying workers the current minimum wage rate, New York businesses are required to display the New York Minimum Wage posting, which is included as part of the GovDocs New York Poster Package containing all required workplace postings for New York employers.

Additionally, if the Federal minimum wage exceeds New York’s minimum wage, most New York workers would receive the higher of the two rates.


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