New York Minimum Wage for Fast Food Workers: NYC Wage and Hour Attorney Explains

What is the Minimum Wage for Fast Food Workers in New York: New York City Wage and Hour Attorney Explains 

As of December 31, 2016, the minimum wage applicable to fast food workers was increased to $12.00 per hour in New York City and $10.75 for the rest of New York State.  Every year, these rates will gradually increase until they reach $15.00 an hour.  For New York City fast food workers, the rate will reach $15.00 per hour by the year 2018, and the rest of New York State will see the full increased rate by 2021.  If you work in a fast food establishment and have not received the increased pay rate, you may benefit from contacting a New York wage and hour lawyer to learn more.

Minimum Wage Schedule

The following schedule reflects the gradual increase in minimum wage for both New York City and the rest of the state and the dates which the additional compensation becomes effective.  For New York City, as of December 31, 2017 the minimum wage will be $13.50.  The following year on December 31, 2018, the minimum wage will have its final increase to $15.00.

For the rest of New York State, the minimum wage will be increased to $11.75 on December 31, 2017.  From that point forward, the minimum wage will increase at a rate of $1.00 per year, until July 1, 2021, where workers will see the final increase to a rate of $15.00 per hour.

Who is Entitled to the Raises? Fast Food Establishment Defined

Any company that meets the following requirements is considered to be a fast food establishment:

  1. The business is primarily engaged in serving food or drinks (this includes ice cream shops, coffee shops, and juice bars);
  2. The business does not offer table service, meaning that customers pay for their order before consuming the food or drink.  This includes establishments that only allow for take out service; and
  3. The establishment is considered a chain restaurant, meaning it is one of 30 or more locations.

If you are the owner of a food business and unsure of whether it is considered to be a “Fast Food Establishment” contact a wage and hour lawyer to find out more about the required minimum wage schedule for your employees.

Changes in Minimum Wage Continued

Any and all workers who are employed at a fast food establishment as defined above are entitled to the increase in minimum wage.  This increase will apply to every individual fast food establishment within a chain, so long as the franchise has 30 or more locations across the country.  Fast food employees are eligible to be paid for overtime hours.  In fact, fast food employees who work over 40 hours in any given week must be paid the rate of time and on half of their regular hourly rate.

Are You a Fast Food Workers and Not Being Paid Your Proper Wages?  Call Our Firm 

The experienced New York City wage and hour attorneys at SAMUEL & STEIN are dedicated to asserting and defending the rights of employers and working people throughout New York and New Jersey.  We have the resources, experience, and knowledge necessary to ensure your legal rights are protected and you are not taken advantage of.  Call us today by dialing (646) 480-2149 or use the convenient “Evaluate Now” box on our webpage.  Together we can help answer your questions and protect your rights.

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