In 2016, the New York State Department of Labor (“NYSDOL”) approved a multi-year increase to the minimum wage in New York. Before that change, the minimum wage for most workers was $9.00/hour and the minimum wage was higher for “fast food” workers ($9.75/hour in upstate New York).

For employers in upstate New York, the minimum wage has increased over time as follows:

  • December 31, 2016–$9.70/hour
  • December 31, 2017–$10.40/hour
  • December 31, 2018–$11.10/hour
  • December 31, 2019–$11.80/hour
  • December 31, 2020–$12.50/hour
  • December 31, 2021–$13.20/hour
  • December 31, 2022–$14.20/hour
In subsequent years, the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Labor will publish the amount of the next increase on each October 1. The increase itself will take effect on December 31.

When determining the amount of the increase, the public officials responsible will consider several factors, including indices concerning the rate of inflation, the rate of state personal income growth, and wage growth.

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