New year brings new minimum wage throughout NY

Millions of minimum-wage workers will be getting a pay raise with the new year

The increases run the gamut from 5 cents an hour in Alaska, which tied its minimum wage to inflation in 2014, to $1.50 an hour in New York City, where the minimum for most non-service jobs is gradually moving toward $15 an hour.

The current minimum wage in Florida is $8.25. This brings to 29 the number of states with higher minimum wages than the federal level.

A two-egg breakfast will cost an extra dime, at $7.39. The federal minimum for workers who receive tips is $2.13 per hour.

The District of Columbia has the highest minimum wage in the United States at $13.25 an hour.

According to the Labor Ministry, the minimum wage consisting of only basic pay and fixed allowances had caused employers to violate the Minimum Wage Act even if they paid high salaries consisting of low basic wages and large bonuses.

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Five million workers will get a raise on January 1 when new minimum wage requirements take effect in 20 states and almost two dozen cities around the U.S. But from an employer's point of view, a minimum wage increases is rarely good news.

Meanwhile, the government chose to include the regularly paid bonuses surpassing 25 percent of the minimum wage and welfare benefits exceeding 7 percent of it in the calculation of basic wages from Tuesday, as part of efforts to ease the financial burden of employers. While the federal minimum wage has not budged, cities and states have passed laws to boost the minimum wage locally. The federal wage has been the same since 2009. Last year, she briefly made $10 an hour until Missouri passed a law to pre-empt wage increases in its cities.

Advocates credit the trend toward higher minimum wages to the "Fight for $15", a national movement that has used protests and rallies to push for higher wages for workers in fast food, child care, airlines and other sectors.

"It may not have motivated every lawmaker to agree that we should go to $15", said David Cooper, senior economic analyst at the Economic Policy Institute. The government said it would give a six-month grace period to companies to change the wage structure.

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