New York Minimum Wage & Minimum Weekly Salaries for Some Employees Increase on December 31, 2021



On December 31, 2021, the New York minimum wage, and the minimum weekly salary threshold for the executive and administrative exemptions under New York State wage and hour law, will each increase as follows:

Minimum Wage Minimum Weekly Salary for Executive & Administrative Exemption (regardless of number of hours worked)
Employers in NYC: $15/hour (No Change) Employers in NYC: $1,125/week (No Change)
Employers in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties: $15/hour Employers in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties: $1,125/week
Employers in the Remaining Counties of New York State: $13.20/hour Employers in the Remaining Counties of New York State: $990/week

Employers must pay the applicable rate based on where an employee performs work for the employer. If an employee works in two regions, then the employer is permitted to pay the employee at the applicable rate for any hour worked in that particular region.

Please note that under New York law, there is no minimum weekly salary requirement for employees classified as exempt under the professional exemption, though such employees must perform specific duties and attain certain educational requirements in order to meet the criteria for that exemption. In addition, employers must comply with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, which requires that all exempt employees (including those classified as exempt under the professional exemption) receive, effective January 1, 2020, a minimum salary of $684/week.

What Should Employers Do Now?

  • ​​​​​Review payroll records to ensure that all employees are being paid at least the new minimum wage rates. If some employees are not, ensure that those employees receive a pay raise to at least the minimum wage by December 31, 2021.
  • Review payroll records to ensure that all employees categorized as exempt because of their inclusion in the administrative exemption or the executive exemption are being paid at least the new minimum weekly salary. If an employee is not, then the employer will need to either increase the employee’s weekly salary or convert the employee to a non-exempt employee by December 31, 2021.

Questions?

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