New York City is the nation’s largest city and it is also a leading metropolitan area in terms of establishing progressive guidelines. One area that New York City has worked hard to change has to do with the minimum wage rate. Each state can set their own minimum wage rate as long as it doesn’t go below the federal requirement of $7.25.
In 2017, New York had become the first U.S. city to require fast food companies to schedule workers at least 2-weeks in advance and to pay them extra for any changes in the schedule in the event that they arise. This law also requires that fast food restaurants give their employees at least 11 hours off between shifts and that they offer part-time employees additional work before they allow other people to take an open position. While these changes will not take place until later in 2017; they certainly have altered the fast food industry and how they manage and pay their employees.
This piece of legislation is a major breakthrough in the struggle for minimum wage equality and rates. This has been an ongoing issue that has plagued the nation for years. People who work in fast food simply want to make more money to improve their quality of life.
The city of New York is sympathetic toward the plight of fast food workers. If not, the legislation would not be going into effect. In short, this legislation will help to keep people out of poverty and it will also help to ease the city’s funding of people on assistance.
The minimum wage rate in New York City is $13.50 an hour. However, this rate is not very high when you consider the cost of living for that city. However, the rate is competitive enough to help people to keep a basic roof over their heads. New York City is hopeful that this new law regarding restaurant fast food workers will help to make the system better for fast food workers within city limits. More information about these changes are available on Reuters.