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New York State Increases Exempt Salary Levels and Minimum Wage

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Beginning December 31, 2018, the required minimum salary levels for executive and administrative employees to qualify as overtime exempt in New York State will increase (New York does not have a minimum salary level for professional employees although most of these employees would still be subject to the federal salary minimum for exemption which is $455 per week).  The new salary levels are as follows: 

Employers Outside of New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties

• $832.00 per week on and after 12/31/18;

Employers in New York City

“Large” employers (11 or more employees)

• $1,125.00 per week on and after 12/31/18

“Small” employers (10 or fewer employees)

• $1,012.50 per week on and after 12/31/18;

Employers in Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties

• $900.00 per week on and after 12/31/18;

The New York State minimum wage will also increase on December 31, 2018.  From 12/31/2018 through 12/30/2019, the basic minimum wage is $11.10 per hour in most of New York State. There are different minimum wage rates for: the fast food industry, Long Island, Westchester County, and large and small employers in New York City.  Please see the following chart for guidelines:

General Minimum Wage Rate Schedule
Location

12/31/18

12/31/19

12/31/20

NYC – Large Employers (11 or more employees)

$15.00

NYC – Small Employers (10 or less employees)

$13.50

$15.00

Long Island & Westchester

$12.00

$13.00

$14.00

Remainder of New York State

$11.10

$11.80

$12.50

Employers must post a Minimum Wage Information poster in their establishment.  

Please contact our Director of Human Resources, Caroline Organ, at [email protected] or 716-854-5034 with any questions.