Pexels Stock Image.ALBANY – The minimum wage in Upstate New York’s will increase to $12.50 an hour on December 31.The State’s Department of Labor announced on Wednesday the raise is part of the minimum wage phase in taking place across the state.The phase in was announced after a report by the Division of the Budget found the Upstate’s labor market is amongst those leading New York’s economic recovery from the downturn caused by the global pandemic.Other findings in the report include: Just prior to the pandemic, the State achieved a record low unemployment rate of 3.7% while raising the minimum wage for four years.The Long Island/Westchester county regional unemployment rate has fallen from its April peak of 15.9 percent to 7.1 percent in October, while the remainder of Upstate has fallen from its 15.4 percent April peak to 6.8 percent in October.According the December edition of the Federal Reserve Beige Book, as employment rebounds Upstate, an employment agency observed: “scattered signs of a pickup in hiring, especially for lower-wage workers” and “particular difficulty in recruiting customer-service representatives.” The agency also noted “a particular upward trend in wages at the lower end of the pay scale.”The report concludes: close examination of the available economic data by region suggests that the labor market recoveries on Long Island and in Westchester and the remainder of Upstate are proceeding apace and are not likely to be substantially harmed by the minimum wage increases scheduled for the end of this yearThe minimum wage in New York City is set to increase to $15 an hour for companies with 10 or fewer employees. Companies with more than 10 employees have had to pay $15 an hour since the end of 2018.Long Island & Westchester’s minimum wage will increase to $14 an hour, and is scheduled to increase to $15 an hour on December 31, 2021.No further increases for the rest of New York State are currently scheduled. Future increases will be based on an indexed schedule to be set by the Director of the Division of the Budget in consultation with the Department of Labor following an annual review of the impact.Last week some lawmakers, including local Senator George Borrello, called on the Governor to hold off on rising the state’s minimum wage in an effort to help businesses already struggling due to COVID-19. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
The capital club lost all six of their pool games last season but opened up this year’s campaign with their first success since beating Toulouse in the quarter-finals of the 2011-12 competition. Matt Scott had given the home side the lead just six minutes in but tries from Casey Laulala and Mike Sherry handed the advantage to Munster. Tim Visser grabbed a late try for Edinburgh as they registered their first Heineken Cup win in 18 months with a surprise 29-23 victory over Munster. Another Laidlaw penalty had the hosts back in front but Munster continued to pour forward, only a forward pass denying prop Stephen Archer from adding the visitors’ second score. Edinburgh were having to defend ever deeper and that handed hooker Sherry the opportunity to barge himself through a ruck to put Munster ahead for the first time on 27 minutes before Keatley struck again with the conversion. Yet the hosts remained competitive, mostly thanks to Laidlaw’s flawless kicking, with the skipper adding another two penalties from out wide to see the Gunners back in front 19-17 at the break. Munster’s Kiwi head coach Rob Penney has abandoned the pick-and-go style that twice took the Red Army to Heineken success in the last seven years and replaced it was a more patient approach. That new style was evident as they waited for an Edinburgh mistake before regaining the lead 13 minutes into the second period, with Keatley punishing the home team’s Grant Gilchrist for holding on in the tackle with another penalty. Edinburgh, though, were happy to scrap but their enthusiasm got the better of them again as handling at the breakdown gave Keatley the chance to kick Munster’s lead to four points with 15 minutes remaining. But just as Munster looked ready to go up another gear, Visser collected from Gilchrist to run in from 30 yards for a sucker punch the visitors did not see coming. The TMO was called in to rule on Scott’s collision with JJ Hanrahan as the Munster replacement let fly with the boot in the build up but the Scotland centre was cleared of obstruction as the home fans celebrated. Laidlaw again added the extra points to give Edinburgh a three-point lead before he knocked over a fifth penalty to take him beyond 500 points for the capital club, clinching a memorable victory in the process. Press Association Greg Laidlaw was his ever reliable self with the boot and four penalties before the break had Edinburgh ahead again, only for opposition kicker Ian Keatley to strike twice himself after the interval as the Irishmen edged themselves ahead. But with 10 minutes left and Munster growing increasingly confident, Visser sprinted down the left-hand wing to to grab the try which set up a unlikely victory, sealed with another two successful kicks from captain Laidlaw. Five defeats out of six in the RaboDirect Pro 12 had done nothing to dilute the air of expectancy in the capital as a 7,000-strong crowd turned out to see Edinburgh kick-off their European campaign. Their slow start has been blamed on a combination of a hangover from last year’s miserable efforts – just seven wins in the league and none at all in the Heineken – and the late arrival of new boss Alan Solomons just a month before the start of the season. But there were early signs that the South African was finally beginning to make his mark as the hosts piled on the pressure on their esteemed opponents in the opening stages. That build-up paid off just six minutes in as Scott took advantage of a three-on-two overload on the left to dart in for the opening try, with Laidlaw adding the conversion with the assistance of the far upright. The seven-point advantage soon became 10 as Laidlaw stuck over a penalty b ut some clever interplay with British and Irish Lion Conor Murray and winger Simon Zebo teed up Keatley to put Munster on the scoreboard with a penalty of their own. Parity was restored 20 minutes in as Laidlaw’s kick was charged down before Munster found Laulala in scoring territory from two yards, with Keatley adding the extra two.