On March 31, 2016, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill agreeing on the 2016-2017 budget, which included modifications to both paid family leave and minimum wage laws in the state. Beginning January 1, 2018, employees who have worked with a company for at least 26 consecutive weeks will be eligible for eight weeks paid leave, which will increase to 12 weeks by 2020. Additionally, employers will be required to raise their minimum wage to $15.00 by either the end of 2018 or 2019, depending on the size of the staff. Employers should review the minimum wage increases for their particular county and ensure they are following the increase schedule accordingly, as well as review the implications of the changes to paid family leave requirements.
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