Dear John: I have a situation at work at Intermediate School 51 in Staten Island that I think you can help me with.

New school aides in their first year are being paid $13.70 an hour. When they asked their human resources rep if under the new law they would be paid $15 an hour starting Jan. 1, they were told no.

That sounded wrong to me. J.N.

Dear J.N.: Your instincts are correct. According to the New York State Labor Department, they should be getting $15 an hour.

My source at the Labor Department says non-teaching workers at your school “should be paid the $15 an hour.”

The state Labor Department details minimum wage requirements on the FAQs area of its Web site,

Minimum wage workers can call 888-4-NYSDOL to report employers who do not comply with the new minimum wage rates.

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