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NYS Minimum Wage Increases Take Effect

The new year brings many updates to minimum wage in New York State. Here is a summary of the changes:

The new year brings many updates to minimum wage in New York State. Here is a summary of the changes:

NYS Minimum Wage Increases Took Effect December 31, 2015

  • The minimum wage in New York State increased to $9.00 per hour effective 12/31/2015.
  • New York State issued a new required Minimum Wage poster. The updated poster can be viewed here. The poster can be printed and placed over your old poster or if you are interested in ordering a new all-in-one federal/state poster kit, please contact us at helpline@hrworks-inc.com.
  • In addition, the weekly salary basis requirement of the Administrative and Executive exemptions in New York State has been increased to $675.00 per week as of 12/31/2015. Note:  This increase is separate from the proposed changes to the FLSA at the federal level. It is anticipated that the final amendments to the FLSA will be issued in late 2016.
  • The minimum wage for fast food workers as defined by the Commissioner of Labor’s wage order also increased on 12/31/2015.  In New York City the minimum wage for fast food workers increased to $10.50 per hour while the rest of New York States fast food workers’ wages increased to $9.75 per hour. Additional information on fast-food workers in New York can be foundhere.

Lastly, the minimum wage for tipped workers in the hospitality industry increased to $7.50 on 12/31/2015 if they earn $1.50 in tips per hour.   Other service workers have a minimum rate of $7.65 or $6.80 per hour, depending on the amount of tips earned per hour. Additional information on tipped workers can be found here.

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