As of Dec. 31, 2013, New York State's minimum wage has increased to $8 per hour. If you have questions, please review our Frequently Asked Questions. If you need additional assistance or to file a complaint, please call: 1-888-4NYSDOL (469-7365).
Minimum Wage Increase
Beginning December 31, 2013, New York State’s minimum wage will increase in a series of three annual changes as follows:
$8.00 on 12/31/13
$8.75 on 12/31/14
$9.00 on 12/31/15
You can find updated posters, summary rate sheets and FAQs. Check back frequently for other updates as the increases take effect.
The Minimum Wage regulations showing proposed changes are posted on the Department of Labor’s website under Legal Updates:
Pay special attention to the “Part number” of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (“NYCRR”) to be sure you reference the correct document for the industry you seek: 12 NYCRR Part 141 (building service), Part 142 (miscellaneous industries), Part 143 (nonprofit) and Part 146 (hospitality).
NOTE: Underlined items show the proposed rate changes to allowances or credits which result from the increase in the State Minimum Wage rate. No changes are proposed for rules such as recordkeeping requirements.
The Labor Standards Division has a staff of investigators who enforce the New York State Minimum Wage Act. This includes four minimum wage orders and the Minimum Wage Standards for Farm Workers. These laws, with specified exceptions, apply to all workers in New York State. They also cover people who are subject to the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
Please read all of the information at the top of this page pertaining to the upcoming minimum wage increase!
The New York State minimum wage is $7.25 per hour (as of July 24, 2009) due to the increase in the federal wage rate.
Employers must display a Minimum Wage information poster where workers can see it.
View or print the Minimum Wage Posters, Wage Orders and Wage Summaries. You will find the links to the Posters at the top of the page. Please scroll down to find the links to the Wage Orders and Summaries.
The Department of Labor helps collect wages owed to workers who have not received the minimum wage, once they file a claim with us. Labor Standards investigates and endeavors to collect on these claims for:
We also enforce the rules that forbid employers from:
Submit completed claim forms to:NYS DOL
Labor Standards investigates and endeavors to collect claims for any unpaid benefits or wage supplements that the employer has agreed to provide.
An employer is guilty of a misdemeanor if he or she fails to provide employees the benefits and wage supplements that were agreed upon.
Wage supplements include:
Every employer is required to notify employees in writing or by publicly posting the employer's policy on sick leave, vacation, personal leave, holidays and hours of work.
Labor Standards enforces Minimum Wage standards for Farm Workers.
We review the applications of entities that bring migrant farm labor into the state:
We issue certificates of registration to those who qualify.
We enforce compliance with the conditions set forth in the registration and also issues permits to labor camp commissaries.
We enforce the restrictions on industrial homework set forth in the Industrial Homework Law and the Homework Orders.
We issue licenses to qualified applicants to operate employment agencies outside New York City. We enforce the laws and regulations that relate to their operation and the fees they may charge.
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