New York minimum wage update

  • Effective December 31, 2020, the general state minimum wage is $12.50 per hour, save for New York City which remains $15.00 per hour, and Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties which is $14.00 per hour.
  • Farm workers must receive the minimum wage corresponding to their location above if they were employed on farms where the total cash renumeration paid to all persons employed on the farm exceeded $3,000.00 in the previous year.
    1. Farm workers who are members of the employer’s immediate family are not subject to the state minimum wage law.
  • The minimum wage for fast food workers in New York City is $15.00 per hour. For all other parts of New York state, effective December 31, 2020, the minimum wage for fast food workers is $14.50 per hour. Effective July 1, 2021, the minimum wage for fast food workers will increase to $15.00 per hour.
  • Employees who are not covered by the minimum wage requirements include, but are not limited to: executives and administrators earning more than 75 times the minimum wage rate, taxicab drivers, government employees, and students obtaining vocational experience.
  • For more information, please visit the New York Department of Labor website.
Megan Butz

By Megan Butz
General Counsel, HR Compliance, Checkwriters
Megan joined Checkwriters in 2020 and is responsible for reviewing, revising, and implementing internal policies of the company, advising on human resource, employment, and labor matters, and monitoring and publishing state and federal legal updates to the Checkwriters News and Compliance Center for distribution to thousands of clients around the country. Before joining Checkwriters, Megan served as a judicial law clerk for the justices of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court performing legal research and writing, followed by private practice in Cape Cod.

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