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Winery & Grower Employers: Minimum Wage and White Collar Exemption Update

Valerie Ross


New York Minimum Wage and White Collar Exemption Threshold Will Increase Again at Year’s End
Paul Banuski, HROne

Here's what employers need to know

When the New York State minimum wage increased on December 31, 2017 the minimum salary level an employee must be paid to be considered exempt also increased.  The first round of increases went into effect last December, and are all set to rise again.  In some parts of the state, these increases continue annually until 2021. Eventually the minimum wage is set to go up to $15 per hour statewide.

Review your payroll records to determine if any employees are earning less than minimum wage so that the wages of these employees can be adjusted to at least the new minimum wage rate no later than December 31. 

Covered employees must be paid not less than the specified minimum wage per hour for all hours worked.  In accordance with state regulations, any increase in the federal minimum wage to a rate that is higher than the NYS minimum wage will automatically result in the same increase in the state minimum wage. 

There are different minimum wage rates for the fast food industry, Long Island, Westchester County, and large and small employers in New York City.  Below is a list of the current minimum wage and upcoming increases for each category. 








NYC - Large Employers (11 or more employees)







NYC - Small Employers (10 or fewer employees)







Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties







Employers in the Remainder of New York State







General Minimum Wage Rate Schedule


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Questions? Please contact Danielle Roche, PHR, Senior Human Resource Consultant at 315-439-9254 or email