Minimum wage increases; paid family leave starts January 1

Tammy Harvey
January 1, 2018

The organization also says almost 500,000 workers earning slightly more than the minimum wage could also receive boosts in 2018 as employers adjust their pay rates.

Under a state constitutional amendment passed by voters in 2004, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity adjusts the wage each year based on changes in a federal consumer price index.

Workers who receive tips will get a wage increase from $4.08 an hour to $4.15.

Ohio's minimum wage is going to raise beginning on January 1, 2018. The 50-cent increase translates to an extra $1,040 per year.

The statewide minimum wage will increase to $15 an hour for other workers, but on a different schedule than the one established for fast-food employees. Cathy Young, R-Olean, and Goodell for making sure the increase to $15 is phased in over the next few years.


"In many cases, our employers are paying beyond minimum wage", he said.

Todd Tranum, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President, expressed his concerns as well.

"We see the $12 an hour as being a pathway to economic justice", says Farris. And while states like OH and Kentucky have blocked wage increases, others like Colorado and Hawaii just instituted pay raises of nearly a dollar.

Under the new program, all employees who work in the private sector will be eligible for 12 weeks of paid family leave when caring for an infant, a family member with a serious health condition or to relieve family pressures when someone is called to active military service.

"The paid family leave requirements of New York State have taken money out of employee paychecks and have created scheduling challenges for employers in a time when finding employees is hard. Additionally, more costs and regulations make NY less competitive with other regions in terms of economic growth".

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