While significant attention has been paid to the Cuomo Administration’s decision to unilaterally increase the minimum wage for workers in the so-called “Fast Food” industry, New York employers must not lose sight of the following previously-enacted increases that will take effect on December 31, 2015:
- In March of 2013, Governor Cuomo signed legislation to increase the minimum wage in three annual stages, the last of which increases the state-wide minimum wage from $8.75 to $9.00 per hour.
- The state-wide minimum wage increase also will result in an increase in the minimum weekly salary for exempt executive and administrative employees from $656.25 per week to $675.00 per week.
- In February of 2015, the Cuomo Administration approved modifications to the Wage Order applicable to employers in the Hospitality Industry, which included increasing to $7.50 per hour the minimum cash wage for tipped employees.
Employers should make necessary payroll modifications to assure that they satisfy the December 31, 2015 effective date for compliance with these new requirements.