At the end of 2016, a series of wage increases went into effect for New York employers, based on their location and number of employees.  Every year until 2021, the minimum wage schedule increases.  The following chart shows the effective dates and minimum wage increases:

After the increase to $12.50 on December 31, 2020 for Upstate workers, minimum wage will continue to increase according to an indexed schedule until the minimum wage reaches $15.00 per hour.

More information for New York employers about minimum wage increases can be found here.

Effective January 1, 2018, New Jersey’s minimum wage has increased from $8.44 to $8.60 per hour.  New Jersey’s minimum wage is currently controlled by a state Constitutional amendment which took effect after being passed by voters in 2013.  Governor Christie vetoed a bill last year which would have increased New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15.00 per hour.  With the election of Democrat Phil Murphy, who will replace Governor Christie, we will be watching for any developments in New Jersey’s minimum wage.  Murphy promised during his campaign to support legislation for a $15.00 per hour minimum wage.