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Minimum Wage and Tip Credits

New York State laws and regulations set forth the minimum wage to be paid to all non-exempt workers across the State. These regulations also establish the wages to be paid to tipped employees along with the related credits, deductions, and reimbursements to which employers are entitled or for which they are responsible. This memorandum serves as a reminder of the upcoming wage-related increases effective December 31, 2014 as well as those that will take effect on December 31, 2015.

Effective December 31, 2014, the minimum wage in New York State increases for all non-exempt employees from $8.00 per hour to $8.75 per hour. The minimum wage will increase again on December 31, 2015 to $9.00 per hour, or the Federal minimum rate, whichever is greater. At present, the Federal minimum hourly wage is $7.25 per hour.

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