New York Wage and Overtime Law
The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets the “floor” minimum wage for eligible workers in the U.S. But, many states and some local governments set their own minimum wage. Workers are entitled to be paid the highest minimum wage that applies where they work, whether it is set by federal, state, or local law.
The minimum wage in New York is $9 an hour. Because this is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25, employees in New York must be paid at least $9 an hour.
A handful of local governments in New York have passed their own minimum wage ordinances. Currently, all of these localities (New York City, Nassau County, Suffolk County, and Westchester County) also have a minimum wage of $9 an hour. However, if either the state or local minimum wage increases, employees in that city or county will be entitled to earn the highest applicable minimum wage, whether state or local.