Start Spreading the News: The Minimum Wage is Up in New York

January 3, 2017

On December 28, 2016, the New York State Department of Labor adopted regulations implementing minimum wage increases that Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law earlier in the year.  Starting on December 31, 2016, the minimum wage increased to $11 for large employers in New York City, and to $10.50 for most other New York City employers with fewer than eleven employees.  Employers outside of New York City also are affected; the minimum wage increased to $9.70 for work performed in most other parts of the state.  The regulations provide for more increases next year, and these increases will continue until the minimum wage reaches $15 across the state.

While a Texas federal judge’s ruling has halted, for the time being, an increase in the salary threshold for exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act, New York has pressed forward and increased its own threshold.  The minimum salary for overtime pay exemption in New York now ranges from $727.50 to $825.00 per week, depending on employer size and location.  New York employers must comply with New York law, even though the changes to the federal law are in flux.

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