NYC Worker News

NYC Worker News

Paid Family Leave AND Increase in the Minimum Wage effective 12/31/2017 

New York State Paid Family Leave

Beginning on January 1, 2018, workers in NY State are eligible for 12 weeks of paid family leave. The time may be used to bond with a newly born, adopted or fostered child; to care for a close relative with a serious health condition; or to assist loved ones when a family member is deployed abroad on active military service.  Workers must be employed for six months before being eligible to participate.

As with the minimum wage increase, New York is staging benefit increases, beginning with 50 percent of an employee’s average weekly wage, capped to 50 percent of the statewide average weekly wage. The average weekly wage will increase to 67 percent by 2021, with a 67 percent cap.

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NEW New York State Minimum Wage

Effective December 31, 2017, the following minimum wage will be in effect:

  •  Workers in New York City, employed by large business (at least 11 employees) - $13.00
  •  Workers in New York City employed by small business (10 employees or fewer) - $12.00
  •  Workers in Long Island and Westchester Counties - $11.00
  •  Workers in all other areas of the state - $10.40

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