New York State Wage Changes for 2016

Effective December 31, 2015 the following changes in state regulations will affect your business:

  • The minimum wage will increase to $9.00 from $8.75 per hour.

  • The overtime rate for non-tipped workers will increase to $13.50 from $13.13 per hour.

  • The rate for spread-of-hours increases to $9.00.

  • The minimum salary that must be paid to qualify an employee for the executive, administrative, or professional exemption to overtime pay increases to $675.00 from $656.25 per week.

  • Uniform maintenance pay increases as follows:

    • for employees that work more than 30 hours per week, to $11.20 from $10.90;

    • for employees that work 20 to 30 hours per week, to $8.85 from $8.60; and

    • for employees that work fewer than 20 hours per week, from to $5.35 from $5.20.

Tipped Employees The cash wage for all tipped employees will increase to $7.50 from $5.00, effective December 31, 2015. The overtime rate for tipped workers will increase to $12.00 from $9.38 per hour. Previously, there were different wage rates for food service workers, delivery drivers, and hotel service workers, but going forward in the New Year all tipped employees will be paid the same wage rate. Remember that if a tipped employees’ wages plus tips do not equal the full minimum wage rate the employer must make up the difference.

Fast Food Workers The NYS Department of Labor has instituted a $15 minimum wage for fast food employees phased in over several years. This higher minimum wage applies to limited service fast food restaurants that have 30 or more locations nationally.

In New York City the minimum wage for fast food employees will be $10.50 on December 31, 2015.

For the rest of the state it will be $9.75 on December 31, 2015.

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