This State Already Pays $15 for Minimum Wage

This State Already Pays $15 for Minimum Wage

New York implemented a new minimum wage at $15 an hour for fast food workers. This change will affect over 100 brands that operate in the state. Of course, there is a catch: The businesses must have a minimum of 30 other locations. It means that the most popular fast food franchises in the world like McDonalds, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Burger King will need to make this change.

The new minimum wage, which represents a whopping 67% increase, will take full effect by the year 2018 in New York and 2021 throughout the rest of the US. There will be a total of about 116 franchises that will have to abide by the new law. We can all say thanks to the board of the state’s labor department who will soon be getting the last approval they need from the labor commissioner. Also, there will be numerous fast food chains that are not franchises, but may still get affected by the change because they also have a minimum of 30 other locations worldwide in operation.

Here is a list of several companies who will be complying with the new rule:


  • Abbott’s Frozen Custard
  • AFC Franchise Corp/Southern Tsunami
  • Arby’s
  • Auntie Anne’s
  • A&W


  • Baja Fresh
  • Baskin-Robbins
  • Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop
  • Bimbo Foods
  • Blimpie
  • Bojangle’s
  • Breadsmith
  • Bruster’s Real Ice Cream
  • Burger King
  • Burgerfi


  • Captain D’s
  • Carvel Ice Cream Shoppe
  • Charley’s Philly Steaks
  • Checkers
  • Cheeburger Cheeburger
  • Chester’s
  • Chick-Fil-A
  • Church’s Chicken
  • Cinnabon
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Cookies by Design/Cookie Bouquet


  • Dairy Queen Grill & Chill/Texas DQ
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
  • Dippin’ Dots
  • Domino’s
  • Donut Connection
  • DQ Treat
  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin-Robbins (Co-brand)


  • Einstein Bros.
  • Elevation Burger


  • Famous Famiglia
  • Firehouse Subs
  • Five Guys
  • Freshii
  • Froyoworld, Frozen Yogurt Lounge
  • Fruitfull


  • Godfather’s Pizza
  • Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill
  • Great American Bagel
  • Great American Cookies
  • Great Harvest Bread Co.
  • Great Steak & Potato Company
  • Great Wraps


  • Haagen-Dazs
  • Hungry Howie’s


  • Jamba Juice
  • Jersey Mike’s
  • Jimmy John’s


  • KFC
  • Kona Ice


  • Little Caesars
  • Long John Silver’s
  • Loving Hut


  • Marble Slab Creamery
  • Marco’s Pizza
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill
  • Maui Wowi
  • McDonald’s
  • Mister Softee
  • Mrs. Fields
  • Muscle Maker Grill


  • Nathan’s Famous
  • Noble Roman’s Pizza
  • NrGize Lifestyle Cafe


  • Orange Julius
  • Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt


  • Panchero’s
  • Panda Express
  • Papa John’s
  • Philly Soft Pretzel Factory
  • Pinkberry
  • Pizza Hut
  • Planet Smoothie
  • Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
  • Pretzelmaker


  • Qdoba Mexican Grill
  • Quiznos


  • Red Mango
  • Rita’s Ice-Custard-Happiness
  • Robeks
  • Roly Poly Sandwiches
  • Roy Rogers


  • Saladworks
  • Salsarita’s
  • Samurai Sam’s Teriyaki Grill
  • Sarku Japan
  • Sbarro
  • Shane’s Rib Shack
  • Smashburger
  • Smoothie King
  • Sonic Drive-In
  • Subway
  • Surf City Squeeze
  • Sweetfrog


  • Taco Bell
  • Taco Del Mar
  • Taco John’s
  • TCBY
  • Tim Hortons
  • Tropical Smoothie Cafe


  • Villa Pizza


  • Wendy’s
  • Wetzel’s Pretzels
  • Which Wich
  • Wing-Stop
  • Wing Zone


  • Yogen Fruz
  • Yogurtland


  • Zoup!
  • Zpizza

The new increase will likely not hurt big name companies, but it may be different for others. There are some cases where fast food restaurants are run by individuals, so the change will highly impact them because they are still technically small businesses. After a bit of research in the state of New York, it was found that a majority of fast food workers are at least twenty-two years old. However, Laura Jankowski, who owns three Tropical Smoothie locations in the state, says that most of the workers employed in the business are either high school students or college students. Jankoski adds that a majority of those kids earn $8.75 per hour, and the shift leaders there earn $1 more per hour.

With the new wage increase, Jankowski mentioned that she will pay another $24,000 at the busiest location, then another $18,000 and $15,000 at two other sites. Jankowski says that these numbers from last year will only double this year. Jankowski says that the minimum wage increase that is slowly sweeping across the state means that the higher prices will force her, and likely other places to hire fewer workers.

She also says that she will have no choice but to terminate several employees. She also added that there is very little wiggle room for franchise operators to up the prices and expect not to lose customers. There may be businesses out there that will not be affected by the rule, but still be affected by it because there is added pressure to have to compete for employees. Small business owner Howard Nielson of Sticky Lips BBQ believes that he will have a hard time employing a quality grill man (or woman) due to the disadvantage. At the same time, Neilson is also dealing with an increase in meat and dairy expenses. Neilson says that he may also have to increase the prices he sells his meals for and find those who will find them affordable. Nielson mentions that overall he too supports increases in minimum wage.

Nevertheless, he believes it should get implemented so that both businesses and consumers have time to adjust properly to the wage increase. The board of state’s labor department change to wages in New York is likely to get the last approval from the labor commissioner; it is only a waiting game now. Only time will tell if there are outside benefits to increasing employee income. There is no telling if the benefits will outweigh the negatives.

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