Wages

Equal Pay Protections Expanded

In late 2019, New York State expanded equal pay protections to employees of all classes and characteristics covered by the State’s anti-discrimination in the workplace law. As a result, pay discrimination claims can be based not only on gender, as the prior law had mandated, but also age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, …

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Prior Salary Inquiries Banned

Commencing January 6, 2020, employers in New York State will be prohibited from asking job applicants and current employees about their prior pay history, requesting such information from the applicant’s employee’s former employer(s), and relying on an applicant’s or employee’s prior salary history in determining salary or whether to offer employment. There are two exceptions …

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Salary Threshold for Exempt Employees Increased as of December 31, 2019

In order to be considered exempt from overtime in New York State, an employee must earn a minimum salary. That minimum has increased as of December 31, 2019. In 2020, in order to be considered exempt from overtime, an employee working for a New York City employer will have to earn a minimum of $1,125 …

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NEW YORK CITY’S NEW PAYCHECK FAIRNESS ACT

A new New York City law, set to go into effect in October, 2017, will bar employers within the five boroughs from asking job candidates about their salary history. The law is meant to address the issue of pay inequality between men and women, as well as wage discrimination against minorities.  In 2015, women earned …

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NEW YORK STATE’S MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES

As of December 31, 2015, New York State’s minimum wage is now $9.00 per hour. The minimum wage for “tipped” employees in the hospitality industry is $7.50 as of December 31, 2015. The minimum wage for tipped employees in all other industries, except the building service industry, is $7.65 per hour when tips total at …

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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS BILL ELIMINATING CERTAIN PORTIONS OF THE WAGE THEFT PREVENTION ACT

Notice of Pay Rate On December 29, 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed a bill eliminating the requirement that before February 1 of each year, employers notify and receive written acknowledgement from every worker about their rate of pay, allowances, pay day, etc.  Legislative leaders and the Governor have agreed to make this change effective …

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