NY: Minimum Wage Increases Effective 12/31

New York State’s annual threshold increases for minimum wage and overtime exemptions will go into effect on December 31, 2018.

Proskaur outlines the increases as follows:

  • The minimum salary for exemption as an “administrative” or “executive” employee increases from $975 per week ($50,700 annually) to $1,125 per week ($58,500 annually) for New York City employers with 11 or more employees;
  • The minimum salary for exemption as an “administrative” or “executive” employee increases from $900 per week ($46,800 annually) to $1,012.50 per week ($52,650) for New York City employers with 10 or fewer employees;
  • The minimum salary for exemption as an “administrative” or “executive” employee increases from $825 per week ($42,900 annually) to $900 per week ($46,800 annually) for employers in Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester counties;
  • The minimum salary for exemption as an “administrative” or “executive” employee increases from $780 per week ($40,560 annually) to $832 per week ($43,264 annually) for other counties in New York State; and
  • The minimum wage increases to $15 per hour (NYC employers with eleven or more employees), $13.50 per hour (NYC employers with ten or fewer employee), $12 per hour (Nassau/Suffolk/Westchester), or $11.10 per hour (remainder of NYS).

Employers must either increase the salaries of exempt employees to meet the new minimum thresholds or provide the employee with overtime pay for time worked beyond a 40 hour workweek.

For the full listing of threshold increases, please click here.


The information included in this blog post originally appeared in an article in Proskauer’s Law and the Workplace blog on October 15, 2018, written by Allan Bloom and Rachel Philion.

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