New York City Employers Banned from Asking Applicants About Salary History

Effective October 31, 2017 New York City becomes the next city following the recent trend of prohibiting employers from asking job applicants about their salary history.

Employers will no longer be able to legally ask applicants about their pay in former positions held nor can they search any publicly available records or reports to obtain the applicant’s salary history. Continue reading

2017 Minimum Wage Changes

Many states will be increasing their minimum wage in 2017.  Check the list below to make sure you are in compliance in all states which you have employees.  Most of these changes are effective January 1, 2017 unless otherwise indicated.

  • Alaska: $9.80
  • Arizona: $10.00
  • Arkansas: $8.50
  • California: $10.50 (employers with 25 or less employees will remain at $10)
  • Colorado: $9.30
  • Connecticut: $10.10
  • District of Columbia: $12.50 (effective July 1, 2017) ($3.33 for tipped employees)
  • Florida: $8.10 ($5.08 for tipped employees)
  • Hawaii: $9.25
  • Maine: $9.00 (effective January 7, 2017)
  • Maryland: $9.25 (effective July 1, 2017)
  • Massachusetts: $11.00 ($3.75 for tipped employees)
  • Michigan: $8.90 ($3.38 for tipped employees)
  • Missouri: $7.70 ($3.85 for tipped employees)
  • Montana: $8.15
  • New Jersey: $8.44
  • New York: $9.70 (effective December 31, 2016) ($11.00 for employers in NYC with 11 or more employees; $10.50 for employees in NYC with 10 or fewer employees; $10.00 for Long Island and Westchester, $10.75 for fast food employees outside of NYC; $12.00 for fast food employees in NYC)
  • Ohio: $8.15
  • Oregon: $10.25 (effective July 1, 2017)
  • Rhode Island: $3.89 for tipped employees (non-tipped employees have no change, remains at $9.60)
  • South Dakota: $8.65 ($4.325 for tipped employees)
  • Vermont: $10.00
  • Washington: $11.00

Note: There may be local wage requirements that are higher than the state minimum wage which would apply to your business.

New York to Begin Paid Family Leave Program

On April 4, 2016, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a new law which will allow eligible employees to receive paid family leave benefits. New York is the fourth state to enact legislation requiring paid family leave, following California, New Jersey and Rhode Island. The paid family leave benefits will gradually be implemented, eventually statue-of-liberty-962268_1280reaching a maximum of 12 weeks of leave by January 1, 2021.

The new paid leave will be funded by New York’s disability benefits fund through mandatory employee payroll deductions of approximately $1.00 per week. Employers will not be obligated to pay employees for time off under the new paid family leave program.

Employees will be eligible for paid family leave benefits after six consecutive months of employment with the same employer. All employees working at least 6 months at a single employer are eligible, regardless of the company size or the number of hour
s the employee has worked for that employer. Continue reading

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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