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NY Increases Minimum Wage and Adds Paid Family Leave Benefit for 2018

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New York State Minimum Wage Increases

Minimum wage workers in New York will receive pay increase in 2018 in accordance with state law signed in 2016.   The minimum wage is based on the county in which the employees work and within New York City, whether the employer has more than ten employees, whether they work in the fast food industry and whether their employer takes a tip credit to the basic minimum wage. The following table summarizes the increases.

New York City – 11 Or More Employees

Effective Date

Non-Tipped

Tipped- Cash Wage

Fast Food

12/31/17

$13.00

$8.65

$13.50

12/31/18

$15.00

$10.00

$15.00

12/31/19

$15.00

$10.00

$15.00

12/31/20

$15.00

$10.00

$15.00

12/31/21

$15.00

$10.00

$15.00

 

New York City – 10 Or Fewer Employees

Effective Date

Non-Tipped

Tipped- Cash Wage

Fast Food

12/31/17

$12.00

$8.00

$13.50

12/31/18

$13.50

$9.00

$15.00

12/31/19

$15.00

$10.00

$15.00

12/31/20

$15.00

$10.00

$15.00

12/31/21

$15.00

$10.00

$15.00

 

Nassau, Westchester and Suffolk Counties

Effective Date

Non-Tipped

Tipped- Cash Wage

Fast Food

12/31/17

$11.00

$7.50

$11.75

12/31/18

$12.00

$8.00

$12.75

12/31/19

$13.00

$8.70

$13.75

12/31/20

$14.00

$9.35

$14.50

12/31/21

$15.00

$10.00

$15.00

 

Upstate New York

Effective Date

Non-Tipped

Tipped- Cash Wage

Fast Food

12/31/17

$10.40

$7.50

$11.75

12/31/18

$11.10

$7.50

$12.75

12/31/19

$11.80

$7.85

$13.75

12/31/20

$12.50

$8.35

$14.50

12/31/21

???

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$15.00

 

New York State Paid Family Leave

Workers will be eligible for 12 weeks of paid family leave in 2018. The time may be used for caring for family members during a serious health condition or to support the worker’s family when a member is called to active military service. Workers must be employed for six months before being eligible to participate.

As with the minimum wage increase, New York is staggering the benefit increases, beginning with 50 percent of an employee’s average weekly wage, capped to 50 percent of the statewide average weekly wage. The average weekly wage will increase to 67 percent by 2021, with a 67 percent cap.

The program will be paid for by worker payroll deductions.

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