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New NYS minimum wage goes into effect Monday

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TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The new year means new laws go into effect across the state. On Monday the New York state minimum wage will rise to $15 an hour.

However, many local businesses have already been paying employees more than what is required. It’s something David Girard has taken notice of at 518 Craft.

“What I found was that there was a kind of generosity in the pay scale here and the idea that there was this awareness that not only do you pay people a living wage, but you pay them what they’re worth,” said Girard.

He started as a bartender and has worked his way up to management. He said when you invest in your workforce everyone gets along better.

“But at the same time I think we are all big believers in the more we invest in the people who work with us and for us that might hurt a little bit in the short-term, but it’s always going to pay dividends in the long-term,” said Girard.

Most payroll companies program software to account for changes to state laws but if you are a business owner who processes your own payroll, attorneys advise you to set reminders to stay in compliance, if you haven’t already.

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