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Minimum Wage Increase in New York For 2019

By Leeds Brown Law | January 4, 2019

Are You Entitled To The New Rise In New York’s Minimum Wage?

Making minimum wage? You may be entitled to a raise.

As of December 31, 2018, minimum wage rates have increased throughout the state of New York. It is crucial to know whether you are entitled to the new minimum wage rates depending on your industry, employer’s size, and the region in which you work.

Minimum Wage in New York City | 2019

If you work in New York City for an employer with 10 or less employees, you are now entitled to a minimum wage of $13.50 an hour. If you work in New York City for an employer with 11 or more employees, you are now entitled to $15.00 an hour.

The Hospitality Industry | New York City

If you work in the hospitality industry in New York City (but are not entitled to tips) for an employer with 10 or less employees, you are now entitled to $13.50 an hour. If you work in the hospitality industry In New York City (but are not entitled to tips) for an employer with 10 or more employees, you are now entitled to $15.00 an hour.

If you work at a fast food restaurant in New York City, regardless the number employees, you are now entitled to $15.00 an hour. A fast food restaurant is defined as any business that meets the following criteria:

  • Primarily serves food or drinks, including coffee shops, juice bars, donut shops, and ice cream parlors; and
  • Offers limited service, where customers order and pay before eating, including restaurants with tables but without full table service, and places that only provide take-out service; and
  • Is part of a chain of 30 or more locations, including individually owned establishments associated with a brand that has 30 or more locations nationally

If you work as a service employee (you generally receive tips) in New York City for an employer with 10 or less employees, your new rate of pay may is $11.25 an hour. If you work as a service employee in New York City for an employer with 11 or more employees, you’re now entitled to $12.50. If you work as a food service employee (you generally receive tips) in New York City for an employer with 10 or less employees, your new rate of pay is $9.00 an hour. Finally, if you work as a food service employee in New York City for an employer with 10 or more employees, you’re now entitled to $10.00 an hour.

Your base rate of pay may be lower if you get a tip credit. However, wages plus tips must equal at least the minimum wage. To learn more, click here.

Regardless of this increase in minimum wage rate of pay, you are still entitled to overtime pay for any hours you work over 40 in a given workweek.

Minimum Wage in Long Island & Westchester | 2019

If you work in Long Island or Westchester County, you are now entitled to $12.00 an hour.

The Hospitality Industry | Long Island & Westchester County

If you work in the hospitality industry on Long Island or Westchester County (but are not entitled to tips), you are now entitled to $12.00 an hour. If you work at a fast food restaurant in Long Island or Westchester County, you are now entitled to $12.75 an hour.

If you work as a service employee (you generally receive tips) on Long Island or Westchester County, your new rate of pay is $10.00 an hour. Finally, if you work as a food service employee (you generally receive tips) on Long Island or Westchester County, you’re now entitled to $8.00 an hour.

Your base rate of pay may be lower if you get a tip credit. However, wages plus tips must equal at least the minimum wage. To learn more, click here.

Regardless of this increase in minimum wage rate of pay, you are still entitled to overtime pay for any hours you work over 40 in a given workweek.

Here is a wage calculator provided by the Department of Labor website that can help you determine whether you are being compensated with the minimum wage you may be entitled to. 

Minimum Wage in the Remainder of New York State

If you do not work in New York City, Long Island or Westchester County, but rather in other areas of New York State, you are now entitled to $11.10 an hour.

The Hospitality Industry | Remainder of New York State

If you work in the hospitality industry in the remainder of New York State (but are not entitled to tips), you are now entitled to $11.10 an hour. If you work as a fast food employee in the remainder of New York State, you are now entitled to $12.75 an hour.

If you work as a service employee (you generally receive tips) in the remainder of New York State, your new rate of pay is $9.25 an hour. Finally, if you work as a food service employee (and generally receive tips) in the remainder of New York State, you’re now entitled to $7.50 an hour.

Your base rate of pay may be lower if you get a tip credit. However, wages plus tips must equal at least the minimum wage. To learn more, click here.

Regardless of this increase in minimum wage rate of pay, you are still entitled to overtime pay for any hours you work over 40 in a given workweek.

Contact a Long Island and New York City Employment Lawyer Today

If you work in Long Island, New York City or Westchester County and feel that you are not being paid proper wages or overtime, take legal action to protect your hard-earned money. Leeds Brown Law has handled wage and hour disputes for thousands of clients. We pride ourselves in our ability to protect employees from unlawful pay practices. Please, contact us today for a free, confidential consultation. You can reach us via email or by phone at (516) 873-9550 or (212) 661-4370.

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