Labor Seal NYS Department of Labor                          

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Increase Takes Effect January 1, 2006

Albany, NY (December 14, 2005) - The New York State Department of Labor today reminded employers that as a result of actions taken by the state legislature in 2004, the next increase to the state’s Minimum Wage will take effect January 1, 2006.  The minimum wage will increase from the current $6.00 per hour to $6.75 per hour.  The wage will increase again to $7.15 per hour on January 1, 2007.

The legislation enacted in 2004 also provides that New York’s minimum wage would rise to match any prospective increase in the federal minimum wage over the current state rate.

Certain jobs in the restaurant, hotel, and building service industry, and miscellaneous industries and occupations are covered by provisions calling for the payment of the hourly rate plus overtime and allowances contained in four General Industry Wage Orders.

Additional information on these orders, as well as information pertaining to wages for farm workers, can be found on the Department’s web site – – under the Wage and Hour page.  Employers may also click on “Minimum Wage” in the Spotlight section of the web site to print the required minimum wage poster.