Start planning today, the end of the year is coming up fast, and with it comes increases to the minimum wage for both tipped and non-tipped employees and a totally new class of worker. There are three big changes coming up, all effective December 31, 2015, so make sure you are compliant with these changes before the first of the year.
The minimum wage will increase from $8.75 to $9.00. This applies to all employees who do not receive tips as part of their wages.
The minimum wage for tipped employees will increase from $5.00 to $7.50. Previously there were different rates for different tipped employees, however, starting December 31, that will no longer be the case and ALL tipped employees will need to be paid $7.50 per hour. This new wage plus the employee’s tips must reach at least the minimum wage of $9.00 or the employer must make up the difference.
A newly created class of workers, fast-food employees, will have a higher minimum wage rate than other employees in New York starting December 31. These are employees of chain restaurants with 30 or more locations nationwide, which have counter service only. The minimum wage for these employees will be $10.50 in New York City and $9.75 everywhere else.