New York Plan to Increase Minimum Wage

Earlier this month New York legislature and Governor Cuomo agreed to increase the minimum wage for the eighth time in New York since 2013. For most employers in New York City, the minimum wage will increase to $15 per hour by the end of 2018.

The minimum wage increases are based on a three-tier wage system: one for New York City, a second for Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties, and a third for the rest of the state of New York.

Employees who receive tips will be required to be paid at least $7.50 per hour or 2/3 of the then current minimum wage, whichever is higher.

The new minimum wage schedules are as follows:

NEW YORK CITY

 Employers with 11 or more employees

Effective Date New Minimum Wage Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees
December 31, 2016 $11.00 $7.50
December 31, 2017 $13.00 $8.70
December 31, 2018 $15.00 $10.00

 Employers with 10 or less employees

Effective Date New Minimum Wage Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees
December 31, 2016 $10.50 $7.50
December 31, 2017 $12.00 $8.00
December 31, 2018 $13.50 $9.00
December 31, 2019 $15.00 $10.00

 

NASSAU, SUFFOLK & WESTCHESTER COUNTIES

Effective Date New Minimum Wage Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees
December 31, 2016 $10.00 $7.50
December 31, 2017 $11.00 $7.50
December 31, 2018 $12.00 $8.00
December 31, 2019 $13.00 $8.70
December 31, 2020 $14.00 $9.35
December 31, 2021 $15.00 $10.00

 

Remainder of New York State

Effective Date New Minimum Wage Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees
December 31, 2016 $9.70 $7.50
December 31, 2017 $10.40 $7.50
December 31, 2018 $11.10 $7.50
December 31, 2019 $11.80 $7.90
December 31, 2020 $12.50 $8.35

 

New York employers should start reviewing current employee wages now and prepare to increase wages accordingly based on the new schedules.

 

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California Minimum Wage to Increase to $15

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed Senate Bill 3 which will gradually increase California’s minimum wage from $10 to $15 by January 1, 2022.

For employers with 26 or more employees, the California minimum wage will increase based on the following schedule: Continue reading

Can You Charge an Employee For Making Mistakes?

silhouettes-68483_1280If your business suffers some economic damage due to an employee mistake, you generally cannot expect the person to pay for the damage, according to the laws of most states.

That is, unless the error was attributable to gross negligence or a patently illegal act.

Even if you think one of these circumstances applies, tread carefully, since it can be hard to prove.

 

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Flexible Work Schedules Can Trap You

1378002_16584036You want to be a good employer.  You realize some of your employees need some flexible hours and flexible days because of the demands of young children.

So you adopt a flexible schedule policy for working parents.  You allow employees with young children to arrange with their supervisors for flexible schedules.

You’ve just created a potential swamp of quicksand to get trapped in.

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