Minimum wage hike goes into effect in NY, NJ

Minimum wage hike goes into effect in NY, NJ

As a broader minimum wage increase for NY workers goes into effect Sunday, fast-food workers in the state will be getting a raise, too.

The federal government established a minimum wage in a 1938 law called the Fair Labor Standards Act, which also marked the first time that employers were legally required to pay workers overtime for certain jobs.

Workers in Long Island will have a minimum wage bump to $11/an hour.

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"New York has made major strides in the fight for economic equality, social justice, and workers' rights, and with the rollout of this historic minimum wage increase and the strongest paid family leave program in the country, we continue to protect the wallets of middle class New Yorkers", says Cuomo.

"I'm very concerned raising the cost of entry-level jobs will highlight the differences in cost between doing business in NY versus other states", Goodell said on Friday.

Starting Monday, small companies - those with 25 or fewer employees - will have to pay workers at least $10.50 an hour, up from $10. This is the third increase for fast-food employees in NY since a state wage board recommended the pay raises in 2015.

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"In many cases, our employers are paying beyond minimum wage", he said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation - passed in 2016 - giving a minimum wage increase to workers employed by big businesses each year until it reaches $15 by December 31, 2018. That's why the Assembly passed sweeping changes to the state's minimum wage laws to help lift working families up - because far too many people are struggling just to get by. "Additionally, more costs and regulations make NY less competitive with other regions in terms of economic growth".

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