Staten Islanders who work minimum-wage jobs will see a pay raise starting in the new year.
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.
"This is the fourth time that the Fine Gael-led Government has introduced an increase to the minimum wage since it was cut in 2010".
The 15-cent increase for 2018 is the largest hourly increase since 2012, when the wage rose by 36 cents an hour, according to the Department of Economic Opportunity.
ME is one of 18 states, including three in New England, raising wages in January. The reality is that in today's low unemployment arena many businesses are paying more than the proposed minimum wage to retain employees and are willing to pay more for those with greater skill sets. Fast-food employees in the rest of the state will get a $1 raise, from $10.75 to $11.75 an hour. The 50-cent increase translates to an extra $1,040 per year. Then, the wage will increase according to a formula. Cathy Young, R-Olean, and Goodell for making sure the increase to $15 is phased in over the next few years. This is the third increase for fast-food employees in NY since a state wage board recommended the pay raises in 2015. Lawmakers later changed the law to only require employers to make up the difference when tips don't exceed the minimum wage. For example, since 2016 the minimum wage has increased 14.5% and is scheduled to continue to increase through 2021. "Additionally, more costs and regulations make NY less competitive with other regions in terms of economic growth".