Starting today 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. It's crazy that many states still have the federal minimum wage, which is ridiculously low.
There are 21 states that 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.
New York State's Minimum Wage Will Increase To $15 Per Hour
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 increased again today, December 31, 2022. The hourly wage has gone up 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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