If you ask someone whether or not their employer pays them enough, the answer may usually be a resounding “No.” However, while many people may feel underpaid, it is important to recognize when you are actually being paid less than you legally deserve.
Both federal law and the state of New York set out thresholds for minimum payments for employees. In our case, the New York laws generally set higher standards than those of the federal government, so the higher state limits will apply to your employer. If you have questions regarding your specific situation and pay, please do not hesitate to arrange a consultation with our experienced wage and hour lawyers today.
Minimum Hourly Pay
Some states have a single minimum wage law that applies to the entire state. This is not the case in New York, as the minimum hourly wage requirements that apply to you will depend on several factors such as your location, the size of your employer, and your industry. The following are some examples of minimum wage requirements in our state as of December 31, 2016:
- For employers in New York City with fewer than 11 employees: $10.50 per hour
- For employers in New York City with at least 11 employees: $11.00 per hour
- For employers in Westchester and Long Island: $10.00 per hour
- For employers in the rest of the state of New York: $9.70 per hour
It's understandable that many people are unaware of their personal minimum wage requirement and may not notice for some time that they are being denied wages to which they are legally entitled. To complicate matters further, all minimum wage requirements will be increased every year on December 31st until at least 2021. For instance, as of the beginning of 2018, the wage thresholds will be as follows:
- For employers in New York City with fewer than 11 employees: $12.00 per hour
- For employers in New York City with at least 11 employees: $13.00 per hour
- For employers in Westchester and Long Island: $11.00 per hour
- For employers in the rest of the state of New York: $10.40 per hour
There are additional standards and requirements regarding pay for certain industries, pay for tipped employees, permitted deductions from pay, required overtime pay, and much more. It is always important to check on your current pay rate and deductions to determine whether your pay meets all applicable legal thresholds. If you suspect that you are being paid too little or are unsure, an experienced New York wage and hour lawyer can review your situation with you.
Find Out How a Skilled NYC Wage and Hour Law Firm Can Help
At Braverman Law PC, we are dedicated to representing the rights of employees in and around New York City who have had their rights violated by their employers. If you would like to discuss your situation, please contact us online or at 212-206-8166 for more information today.