Florida's minimum wage is increasing in 2018, but is it enough?

01 January, 2018, 00:24 | Author: Darnell Patrick
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As of December 31, minimum wage in Upstate New York has increased to $10.40 per hour (not including Westchester, Suffolk, Nassau Counties, and New York City), and $11.75 for fast food workers outside of New York City. It will reach $15 an hour on July 1, 2021.

Goodell said the earned income tax credit is targeted to those who need it most, while a minimum wage increase is across the board.

"The minimum wage increase, new paid family leave requirements and the state's proposed employee scheduling regulations are concerning to employers in the area", he said.

"The paid family leave requirements of New York State have taken money out of employee paychecks and have created scheduling challenges for employers in a time when finding employees is hard".

Workers who receive tips will get a wage increase from $4.08 an hour to $4.15.


Beginning Sunday, the state's minimum wage will increase to $13 an hour for employees at New York City businesses with at least 11 employees and $12 an hour for workers at New York City companies with no more than 10 employees.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo included the wage increase in the 2016 Built To Lead Agenda. And that is the same rate for smaller companies with annual gross receipts of $305,000 or less per year, after January 1, 2018. These posters, just like any type poster can be ordered on line.

The federal minimum wage has not increased since 2009 and the purchasing power of the minimum wage has steadily declined for decades.

Senator Sherrod Brown is in favor of this push for $15 an hour, and he has 77 pages aimed at showing why, according to an article in the Dayton Daily News in March 3, 2017.

Minimum wage workers are already making more than that in Emeryville, where the minimum wage is $15.20 - reportedly the highest rate in the country.

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