New York's minimum wage will increase to $8 per hour at the end of this year, 75 cents higher than the federal minimum and the old state rate.
It's the first of three incremental boosts approved by the Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo when they approved the state budget last March.
The minimum for most workers will increase to $8.75 per hour a year later and to $9 per hour a year after that.
However, the minimums for workers in the restaurant and hospitality industry who get tips may remain $5 per hour, with employers able to raise the maximum tip credits to $3 per hour the first year, $3.75 the second and $4 after that for service workers whose combined tips and wages meet or exceed the new higher minimums.