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New York’s Minimum Wage Is Going Up Again – Are You Ready?

In the last few years, New York has been one of the most aggressive states in the nation with respect to increasing its minimum wage.  On December 31, the latest round of minimum wage increases will begin to take effect.  Will you be prepared to make the necessary adjustments?

Adding to the difficulty for employers, the minimum wage increase is a complicated patchwork because there is a different increase depending on where the employer is located in the state and even the size of the employer.  The minimum wage for large businesses in New York City (those with at least 11 employees) will increase to $11 per hour.  For businesses with fewer than 11 employees in New York City, the minimum wage will increase to $10.50.  Businesses in “downstate” New York (Long Island and Westchester County) will see an increase to $10 per hour.  The minimum wage everywhere else in the state will increase to $9.70 per hour.

The minimum wage in all regions of New York will continue increasing for the next few years.  Eventually, the minimum wage will reach $15 per hour everywhere, although the law which increases the minimum wage includes a provision allowing the government to temporarily suspend the increases if an economic analysis determines this is necessary.

Brody and Associates regularly advises management on complying with state and federal employment laws including wage and hour laws.  If we can be of assistance in this area, please contact us at info@brodyandassociates.com or 203.454.0560.