Minimum Wage Increase Goes Into Effect For Fast Food, Etc.

December 30, 2015
ALBANY, NY – Governor Andrew Cuomo says that three increases in the minimum wage in New York will take effect on Thursday, December 31. “Workers in the fast food industry, tipped positions, and all other industries will each receive a higher wage beginning December 31 as the Governor continues to push for a $15 statewide minimum wage,” it said in a statement from the governor’s office.
“No one who works full time should ever be condemned to a life of poverty,” said Governor Cuomo. “As we prepare to ring in the New Year, we are making a fundamental difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of workers across this state. I am proud to mark these milestones in the fight for fair pay for workers in fast food, tipped industries, and others – but too many home health care workers, airport workers and so many others continue to be left behind. That’s why we will continue fighting for a $15 minimum wage so that all workers can afford a decent life and a decent opportunity in New York State.”
According to the governor, the following minimum wage increases will take effect December 31:
Overall Minimum Wage: In the third of three annual changes secured by Governor Cuomo in 2013, New York State’s minimum wage will be $9.00 per hour.
Tipped Hospitality Workers: All tipped workers in the hospitality industry (food service workers, service employees and service employees in resort hotels) will be moved to the same category and rate for tipped cash wage. Effective December 31, 2015, the tipped cash wage amounts will increase from their current rates of $4.90, $5.00 and $5.65 to $7.50 per hour.
Fast Food Workers in fast food chains: In New York City, the minimum wage for workers in fast food chains (30 or more locations nationally) will be increased to $10.50 on December 31, 2015. For fast food chain workers in the rest of the State, the minimum wage will be increased to $9.75.
Failure to comply with increased minimum wages can result in fines, charges and civil or even criminal punishment.