As of December 31, 2018, the hourly minimum wage for New Yorkers has increased yet again. New York City employers with 11 employees or more must pay their hourly workers $15.00 per hour and the appropriate overtime rate at time and a half when working over 40 hours per week. For hard working employees, the wage boost is much needed especially in a city where the cost of living is so high. Governor Andrew Cuomo proudly commented on the historic increase, “New York continues to set a national example in the fight for economic justice.” Bigger paychecks will affect NY employees in the following manner:
- Employees in New York City that work for “large” employers of 11 employees or more must currently be paid at the hourly rate of $15.00. NYC employees working for “small” employers will see a slightly more gradual increase. Their minimum wage rate must currently be paid at $13.50
- Employees in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties must currently be paid $12 per hour
- Employees in all other New York State counties must currently be paid a minimum wage rate of $11.10
- Employees in the fast food industry must also be paid $15.00 per hour in New York City, while employees in the industry in the rest of the state must be paid an hourly rate of $12.75
If you have any questions or concerns about your pay this new year, please give us a call for a free phone consultation. Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP are experienced wage and hour lawyers that have had significant experience recovering hard earned wages for their clients. You may schedule a consultation at (212) 300-0375 or visit our website for additional information.