This month, many workers in New York State will get a raise. Ever since December 31, 2016, New York's minimum wage has been increasing incrementally every year.  Unlike some other states, New York is trying to ensure that workers have a more livable wage.  Many states still have the federal minimum wage, which is ridiculously low, especially now that inflation is kicking everyone's butt. It's unbelievable that 21 states still have the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming expect working people to survive off just over $7 per hour.

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New York State's Minimum Wage Will Increase To $15 Per Hour

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The minimum wage in New York will increase each year on New Year's Eve until it reaches $15 per hour. New York City and Long Island/Westchester workers already reached $15 per hour in 2019 and 2021, respectively. Around the rest of the state, the minimum wage will increase again at the end of this month on December 31, 2022. The hourly wage will increase by $1, from $13.20 to $14.20.

Businesses that don't comply with New York's minimum wage law will face costly consequences.  They may be forced to pay the employee interest, as well as penalty fines,

  • Minimum wage underpayments and liquidated damages, PLUS

  • Interest and civil penalties up to 200% of the unpaid wages

If your employer is not abiding by the law, you can contact 1-888-4NYSDOL (1-888-469-7365) or download a complaint form here.

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