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Special Alert: New York Minimum Wage and Salary Levels Finalized 

New York has adopted (via the New York State Register’s December 27, 2023 Volume) the proposed updated minimum wage rates and salary levels for New York workers. 

Minimum Wage Increase 

Updated minimum wage rates will go into effect on January 1, 2024, as follows: 

  • $16 per hour (NYC, Long Island, and Westchester County) 
  • $15 per hour (remainder of New York State) 

Salary Level Increase 

Because the salary levels are tied to increases in the state’s minimum wage, this means the proposed salary levels for the administrative and executive exemptions have also been adopted and will go into effect on January 1, 2024, as follows: 

  • NYC, Long Island, and Westchester County  
    $1,200 per week ($62,400 per year)   
  • Remainder of the State  
    $1,124.20 per week ($58,458.40 per year)  

Notably, the salary level for professional and computer employee exemptions follows federal law. 

Additional Information 

The NY Department of Labor (DOL) has also published updated minimum wage posters and wage orders reflecting these increases. 

Next Steps for Employers 

Employers should adjust their payroll practices and procedures by January 1, 2024, including having made the applicable increase to any impacted employee’s hourly wage or salary or having reclassified exempt employees that will no longer meet the minimum salary level to non-exempt. If an employee is reclassified as non-exempt, comply with the New York Wage Theft Prevention Act by providing an updated pay notice to impacted employees. 

Employers should also update their minimum wage posters and ensure it is posted in a prominent, accessible location in the workplace. In addition, state law requires employers to provide an electronic version of the poster by posting it on the organization’s website, the intranet, or emailing it to employees. Employers must also provide employees with a notice that advises them of the electronic availability of the poster; it is recommended that this notice explain how/where to locate the electronic version of the poster. 

As a reminder, minimum wage rates also differ based on industry such as fast-food workers and home care aides. Additional information on the state’s minimum wage is available from the DOL.  

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