St. Lawrence County workers earning minimum wage getting 70-cent raise
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 5:56 am

St. Lawrence County’s workers receiving the state minimum wage are getting a 70-cent raise, which began Jan. 1 as part of New York’s call for a $15 minimum wage.

Earlier this year, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation, which he says will make to New York the first state in the nation to enact a $15 minimum wage, but that’s not entirely true.

At this time, there is no set date at which the minimum wage in the North Country will reach $15 per hour.

Outside of New York City and downstate counties, minimum wage will jump from $9 to $9.70 on Jan. 1 and will climb by 70-cents per year until it reaches $12.50 in 2020.

After which, the minimum wage will increase to $15 per hour on “an indexed schedule to be set by the Director of the Division of Budget in consultation with the Department of Labor.”

Minimum wage workers who do not receive their raise by December 31, 2016 should call 1-888-4-NYSDOL to report their employers.

The minimum wage increase schedule follows:

The $15 minimum wage legislation was passed as part of the 2016-17 state budget, and marks a major accomplishment in the Governor’s efforts to restore economic justice and fairness to working families in New York State. The phase-in schedule on a regional basis is as follows:

For workers in New York City employed by large businesses (those with at least 11 employees), the minimum wage will rise to $11 at the end of 2016, then another $2 each year after, reaching $15 on Dec. 31, 2018.

For workers in New York City employed by small businesses (those with 10 employees or fewer), the minimum wage will rise to $10.50 by the end of 2016, then another $1.50 each year after, reaching $15 on Dec. 31, 2019

For workers in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties, the minimum wage will increase to $10 at the end of 2016, then $1 each year after, reaching $15 on Dec. 31, 2021.

For workers in the rest of the state, the minimum wage will increase to $9.70 at the end of 2016, then another .70 each year after until reaching $12.50 on Dec. 31, 2020 – after which the minimum wage will continue to increase to $15 on an indexed schedule to be set by the Director of the Division of Budget in consultation with the Department of Labor.