What Are the Wage & Hour Laws in New York State?

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Unfortunately, it is far too often that employers fail to pay overtime, fail to pay agreed-upon wages, or overall fail to give their employees their rightful pay. If you believe that your employer violated federal and New York state wage & hour laws, read on and see how a seasoned New York wage & hour lawyer at Bell Law Group can work on your behalf to strategize your best legal options.

What are the wage laws in New York state?

Firstly, all private employees receive employment protection under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Essentially, the FLSA determines the minimum wage and wage standards that are acceptable for employees throughout the United States. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.

And in New York state, the minimum wage is $15.00 per hour. Notably, there are exceptions for employees who receive tips, who are under the age of 20, and who are students. But generally speaking, a wage of less than $15.00 per hour is a wage law violation.

For more information, contact a competent New York minimum wage lawyer today.

What are the overtime laws in New York state?

Also under the FLSA, non-exempt employees who work more than 40 hours per week are entitled to overtime pay. Specifically, this overtime pay should be 1.5 times the amount of the employee’s regular pay. However, subject to specific rules, the following types of employees may be exempt from overtime:  

  • Certain railroad workers.
  • Certain truck drivers.
  • Sales employees who are paid above a certain salary.
  • Professional employees who are paid above a certain salary.
  • Executive employees who are paid above a certain salary.
  • Administrative employees who are paid above a certain salary.

That said, there have been incidents where employers try to work around this law by assigning you the incorrect employment status or by requiring you to work outside of your scheduled business hours. It is illegal to do this, so if you believe that this has happened to you, you may be entitled to back pay for your lost overtime and other damages via a lawsuit.

For more information, contact a proficient New York overtime pay lawyer today.


If your employer has possibly committed wage and hour violations, you need to hire an attorney who understands all of the applicable state and federal employment laws. At Bell Law Group, PLLC, our attorneys are experienced in private employment claims. We offer a free strategy session and have offices in New York, Florida, and Washington, D.C. To schedule your consultation, call 855-566-2355 or contact us.

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