The New Orleans Civil Service Commission has approved a series of reforms affecting city employees including a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour.

The increase in the minimum wage will impact over 200 employees and will increase personnel expenditures by about $600,000 annually.

Other reforms approved include rule changes for the hiring process, new performance evaluations that are tied to regular merit pay increases, and increased training opportunities.

Mayor Landrieu says the hike in the minimum wage will "make a real difference" for those who will be affected.

"Our employees deserve living wage. Increasing the minimum wage for City employees ensures that our hard-working employees have a paycheck that better supports their families and provides more economic security," Landrieu said.

The rules affecting pay must be approved by the New Orleans City Council.

The Landrieu administration says the changes should result in better service for the public.