• Laura Matlow Wong-Pan

Are you earning the correct 2019 minimum wage?

As of December 31, 2018, businesses with 10 employees or less must pay a minimum wage of $13.50/hour, and employers with 11 employees or more must pay minimum wage rise of $15.00 /hour. Minimum wage increased to $12.00/hour for workers in Long Island and Westchester, and $11.10/hour for workers in the remainder of New York State.


Fast food workers, who are subject to a higher minimum wage, were also entitled to a pay increase to $15.00/hour in NYC and $12.75/hour in the rest of the state.


Also as of December 31, 2018, hospitality employers with service employees or food service workers became entitled to an increase in the tip credit that can be taken against an employees’ minimum hourly wage, provided that the weekly average of tips meets the specified hourly tip threshold (for service employees only) and the total of tips received plus wages equals or exceeds the basic minimum wage.


Effective December 31, 2018, the salary basis threshold for executive and administrative employees to be classified as exempt increased to $1,012.50 per week ($52,650 annually) for New York City employers with 10 or fewer employees, and $1,125.00 per week ($58,500 annually) for New York City employers with 11 or more employees.

For employees working for businesses in Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester counties, the salary basis threshold increased to $900 per week ($46,800 annually). For all other employers in the state of New York, it rose to $832.00 per week ($43,264 annually). 

If you are not earning at least the correct amount, you should contact your employer, your union or seek legal advice.


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