December 22, 2016
By Neal Tepel
New York, NY – City representatives are visiting businesses in all five boroughs providing information about the increase in the state minimum wage.
Teams visiting businesses throughout the Big Apple are reminding local businesses that the New York State minimum wage goes up for all workers regardless of status on December 31, 2016.
The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) also mailed the postcard to 325,000 New York City employers. Staff and inspectors are providing businesses with information about how to comply with key workplace, consumer protection, and licensing laws that the Agency enforces—without issuing violations.
“Proactively educating employers about how to comply with the law is a key component of the work that our Office of Labor Policy and Standards does and essential to all of DCA’s work to create a culture of compliance. With only two weeks left to go before the minimum wage goes up, it is vital that employers are planning for the increase,” said DCA Commissioner Lorelei Salas. “This increase, which is the largest percentage increase low-wage workers have seen in New York in 60 years, is going to be good for workers, for businesses, and for all of our city’s neighborhoods.”
According to the Economic Policy Institute, more than a third of the workers impacted are raising at least one child, and the wage hike will help almost 75 percent of people living below 200 percent of the federal poverty line. Several large employers around the country have already started raising wages to better recruit and retain workers, and to improve customer service. Higher wages can also benefit smaller or lower-margin businesses in sectors such as retail and food service, which can grow even while paying decent wages.
“Every hardworking New Yorker deserves to be paid a living wage to support themselves and their families, regardless of their immigration status,” said Chair and Commissioner of the NYC Commission on Human Rights, Carmelyn P. Malalis. “The outreach efforts will help small businesses and employers across the city understand their obligations under the law so that workers are paid appropriately. We look forward to continue engaging the city’s business communities to understand their needs while helping them comply with laws affecting workers in New York City.”
On December 31, 2016, the minimum wage in New York State will go up for all workers regardless of status. The wage varies depending on the size and type of the business. For additional information or to file a complaint, visit New York State Department of Labor’s website at labor.ny.gov or call 1-888-4-NYSDOL (1-888-469-7365).