by Andrew Bobrek and Michael Bernstein, Esqs., Bond, Schoeneck & King
Get ready, New York employers. New developments will affect how and how much you pay your employees. The state minimum wage will soon increase and the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) has proposed new regulations on wage deductions.
Minimum wage hike coming
Beginning Dec. 31, 2013, the first of three minimum wage hikes goes into effect. That’s when the minimum wage will increase from $7.25 per hour to $8.00 per hour. On Dec. 31, 2014, the minimum wage will increase to $8.75 per hour. It goes up again, to $9.00 per hour, on Dec. 31, 2015.
These minimum wage increases do not apply to tipped food service workers and service employees covered by NYSDOL’s Hospitality Industry Wage Order.
However, the New York Commissioner of Labor is authorized to promulgate a wage order increasing the hourly minimum wage for tipped employees.