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Reminder: New York State Minimum Wage Increase and Related Items

In 2016, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo enacted legislation that would incrementally increase the minimum wage for all New Yorkers to $15.00 per hour. The increases are staggered and split into four (4) categories: 1) New York City businesses employing eleven (11) or more workers, 2) New York City businesses employing ten (10) or fewer workers, 3) businesses in Nassau, Westchester, and Suffolk Counties, and 4) businesses in the remainder of New York State. This Memorandum addresses changes to the New York State minimum wage, together with some of the more significant wage related items for the coming year.

Minimum Wage and Overtime

New York State laws and regulations set forth the minimum hourly 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, 2020.  Effective December 31, 2020, the minimum hourly wage in New York State for all non-exempt employees shall increase as follows:

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If you have any questions regarding these developments, please do not hesitate to contact David R. Rothfeld, Lois M. Traub, Alexander Soric, Jennifer Schmalz, Robert L. Sacks, Jaclyn Ruocco, Joseph Tangredi, or Brian D. Polivy.

This memo is provided for informational purposes only. It is not intended as legal advice and readers should consult counsel to discuss how these matters relate to their individual circumstances.