On May 7, 2015 New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo instructed Acting State Labor Commissioner Mario J. Musolino to empanel a Wage Board to investigate and make recommendations on an increase in the minimum wage in the fast-food industry.
On July 22, 2015 the Fast Food Wage Board of the state of New York voted to raise the minimum wage in fast-food industry to $15 per hour. The increase will take effect incrementally in New York City ty December 31, 2018 and by July 1, 2021 for the rest of the state of New York.
For New York City, the minimum wage will be increased as follows:
- to $10.50 on December 31, 2015,
- $12.00 on December 31, 2016,
- $13.50 on December 31, 2017,
- $15.00 on December 31, 2018.
For the rest of the state of New York the minimum wage will be increased:
- to $9.75 on December 31, 2015,
- $10.75 on December 31, 2016,
- $11.75 on December 31, 2017,
- $12.75 on December 31, 2018,
- $13.75 on December 31, 2019,
- $14.50 on December 31, 2020,
- $15.00 on July 1, 2021.
The decision was made based on data showing that 60% of fast-food workers in New York are in families enrolled in at least one public assistance program. Nearly 75% of all employees working in fast-food industry earn $9.25 per hour or less in the state of New York. Nationwide, employees working in the fast-food industry are twice as likely as all other workers to be in families that receive public assistance.
This decision relates to the fast-food outlets that are part of chains that have 30 or more locations nationally. The fast-food industry in the state of New York is one of the biggest