New York State Minimum Wage Increases

As of December 31, 2018, all employers in New York State must comply with the following minimum wage requirements.  There may be some additional requirements for specialty businesses like hospitality, building services and farm workers, but the following chart is applicable to most employees in New York State:


12/31/16 12/31/17 12/31/18 12/31/19 12/31/20 2021
  NYC – Large Employers (of 11 or more) $11.00 $13.00 $15.00
NYC – Small Employers (10 or less) $10.50 $12.00 $13.50 $15.00
Long Island & Westchester $10.00 $11.00 $12.00 $13.00 $14.00 $15.00
Remainder of New York State $9.70 $10.40 $11.10 $11.80 $12.50
General Minimum Wage Rate Schedule

New York State Enacts Anti-Sexual Harassment Laws

New York State has enacted new legislation to combat sexual harassment in the workplace.  Effective October 9, 2018, the State will require all employers to enact and distribute a written policy prohibiting sexual harassment in the workplace.  Among other things, the written policy must: Continue reading “New York State Enacts Anti-Sexual Harassment Laws”

NYC Employers, Have You Reviewed Your Application?

New York City has imposed additional restrictions on the information employers can ask on employment applications.  As of October 31, 2017, the New York City Human Rights Law will prohibit all NYC employers from inquiring into and/or relying upon the salary history of an applicant during the hiring process (with some limited exceptions). Continue reading “NYC Employers, Have You Reviewed Your Application?”

Do You Have the New I-9 Form?

Beginning on September 18, 2017, employers must begin using the newly issued I-9 form (issued on 7/17/17).  Form I-9 is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States.  The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) made the following changes to this version of the I-9 form: Continue reading “Do You Have the New I-9 Form?”