Workers in New York have an extra reason to celebrate the start of 2019: a minimum wage hike across the state begins Monday, Dec. 31 with New York City workers getting the biggest hike to $15 per hour.
The latest minimum wage hike is part of a series of raises passed through legislation as part of the 2016-17 New York State budget to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
State officials estimate that more than 900,000 people in New York City will be earning the $15 an hour wage when it's fully implemented, according to the Associated Press.
The raises differ based on region and business size, with New York City fast-food workers and employees of businesses with 11 or more workers getting the highest raise to $15 an hour. New York City businesses with 10 employees or less will raise wages to $13.50 Monday, then to $15 an hour Dec. 31, 2019.
Long Island and Westchester workers will see their pay bumped up to $12 per hour, while the rest of the state will see a rise to $11.10 per hour. Long Island and Westchester will reach the $15.00 per hour rate on Dec. 31, 2021, while the rest of the state will only see its highest minimum wage reach $12.50 per hour on Dec. 31, 2020.
The phase-in schedule in New York City began in 2016 with a pay raise to $11 for workers of businesses with at least 11 employees, in Long Island and Westchester with a raise to $10.00 per hour and the rest of the state rising to $9.70 per hour.