As the end of the year is approaching, it is important to remind New York State employers and employees of the increased minimum wages that affect both hourly and salaried employees.

For hourly, non-exempt workers, please see the below chart for basic hourly minimum wage increases that go into effect as of December 31, 2021:

Minimum Wage Increase

Geographic Location / Increase from 2021 2022 Rate
NYC $15.00 per hour (no change)
Nassau, Suffolk, & Westchester / +$1.00 per hr$15.00 per hour
Remainder of New York State / +$0.70 per hr $13.20 per hour

To the extent you or your workforce are paying basic minimum wage, it is important to make sure that the increased wages are reflected as of December 31, 2021.

Tip Credit

New York State also allows employers in certain industries to satisfy the minimum wage by combining a cash wage paid by the employer plus a credit for tips the employee receives from customers. The minimum hourly rates New York employers must pay most tipped employees go into effect as of December 31, 2021:

Service Employees

Geographic Location2022 Rate / Tip Credit
NYC$12.50 / $2.50
Nassau, Suffolk, & Westchester$12.50 / $2.50
Remainder of New York State$11.00 / $2.20

Food Service Employees

Geographic Location2022 Rate / Tip Credit
NYC$10.00 / $5.00
Nassau, Suffolk, & Westchester$10.00 / $5.00
Remainder of New York State$8.80 / $4.40

The “tip credit” rules can be difficult to follow, so it is important to track this information to ensure that tipped employees are receiving at least basic minimum wage, inclusive of tips, when calculating wages.

Increased Salary Threshold for Overtime Exemption

Finally, there are increases in the minimum salary threshold that must be met for exempt employees. As of December 31, 2021, the following minimum salaries must be paid for exempt administrative and executive employees:

Geographic Location2022 Salary Threshold
NYC$1,125.00 p/w ($58,500.00 annually)
Nassau, Suffolk, & Westchester$1,125.00 p/w ($58,500.00 annually)

With the upcoming changes, it is important to update policies and pay practices to stay in compliance.  If you have questions about minimum wage, overtime, or wage and hour exemptions, please contact us here or call (631) 738-9100.