New York State Minimum Wage Rules and Rates for 2019

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Two years ago, the New York State Division of Labor increased the minimum hourly wage in New York and raised the minimum salary threshold for executive and administrative employees exempt from overtime pay. The increases were phased in over several years. On December 31, 2018, the third round of these changes became effective. Employers should confirm that wages and salaries paid to their employees in New York State are being paid in accordance with current requirements.

 

Employees Exempt from Overtime

Employers throughout New York State must either increase the salaries of their exempt executive and administrative employees to the new thresholds or pay overtime to employees earning less than the new thresholds. As of December 31, 2018, the required thresholds for New York State employers are increased as follows:

 

  • Large employers in New York City (11 or more employees): $1,125 per week ($58,500 annually)
  • Small employers in New York City (10 or fewer employees): $1,012.50 per week ($52,650 annually)
  • Employers in Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties: $900 per week ($46,800 annually)
  • Employers outside of New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties: $832 per week ($43,264 annually)

 

Prior to these increases, the minimums ranged from $780 per week for upstate employers to $975 per week for large NYC employers. The increase for large employers in New York City has now reached its top level. Salaries in other areas will continue to increase until 2021, when all will be fully phased in.

 

Minimum Wage

As of December 31, 2018 the minimum hourly wage that must be paid to non-exempt employees in New York State must be increased if they are below certain minimum levels. Minimum wage for most employees (fast food industry workers and employees who receive tips have separate hourly wages) are increased as follows:

 

  • Workers employed in New York City (businesses with 11 or more employees): $15.00 per hour
  • Workers employed in New York City (businesses with 10 or fewer employees): $13.50 per hour
  • Workers employed in Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties: $12.00 per hour
  • Workers employed outside of New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties: $11.10 per hour

 

Prior to these increases, minimum wages ranged from $10.40 for upstate employers to $13.00 for large NYC employers. The increase for large employers in New York City has now reached its top level. Minimum wages in other areas will continue to increase until 2021, when all will be fully phased in.

 

Contact your LMC professional for information about the new wage levels. All our prior Alerts are available on the Updates page of our website.

 

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