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 difficult to believe, but 21 states still adhere to 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.

I can't imagine supporting a family, nevertheless oneself on $7.25 per hour, especially with inflation steadily increasing.

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

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

There are consequences for businesses that don't comply with New York's minimum wage law.  They may be forced to pay the employee interest, as well as penalties,

  • Minimum wage underpayments and liquidated damages, PLUS

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

If you are an employee whose 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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