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NY Increases Minimum Wage

Wage and Hour laws exist to ensure that employees receive a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work and set standards for how employees should be properly paid so that they are neither overworked nor underpaid.
Prior to January 1, 2014, the minimum wage in New York was $7.25 per hour, which is the federal minimum wage. However, the NYS Legislature has passed legislation which will increase the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $9.00 per hour over three years.
Beginning December 31, 2013, New York State’s minimum wage increased in a series of three annual changes, as follows:

$8.00 as of 12/31/13;
$8.75 as of 12/31/14;
$9.00 as of 12/31/15;

All employees who were making minimum wage should have had their wages increased to $8.00 as of January 1, 2014, or employers are in gross violation of New York Labor Laws.

Violations of such laws, such as being improperly paid for hours worked, not being paid sufficient overtime, having money illegally deducted from paychecks, employers misappropriating tips, or employers failing to adhere to other written labor policies are enforceable and remedies, such as being paid the money owed are available to employees. For more detailed information regarding federal and state laws governing wage and hour laws visit our employment law practice areas page.  Attorneys with a focus in Employment and Labor Law, including Wage and Hour laws, can protect your interests and your right. If you would like to get a consultation with one of our New York employment law attorneys, do not hesitate to contact us at Borrelli and Associates immediately. We are eager to review your case and give you advice.


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