New York State Labor Laws

The State of New York is serious about protecting its workers and making sure that they receive payment for all the work they do through the New York state labor laws. The many aspects of employment labor and wage provisions that are defined include minimum wages, employee benefits, overtime pay, and the employment of minors.  Employers who are not in compliance with  New York state work laws are liable for fines, penalties, and imprisonment they can receive for not paying their employees’ unpaid overtime wages.

The minimum wage in New York is currently $7.25 per hour.  Non-exempt employees who are covered by the minimum wage law are also eligible for overtime pay at the rate 1.5 times the employee’s regular rate of pay for hours worked in excess of forty hours in one workweek. So, an employee who receives $10.00 per hour worked will receive $15.00 for each overtime hour worked.

Under Federal law, there is no limit on the amount of overtime that an employee may be required to work, although some states including New York do regulate mandatory overtime which is the amount of overtime some workers may work, including mandatory overtime for nurses and other healthcare professionals. Manual workers, however, must be given a consecutive 24 hour period off per week, although there are also some exceptions to that rule.

Although not required to offer benefits as part of their employment packages, employers who do agree to provide employees with benefits are legally liable to provide them. It is actually a criminal offense for an employer to default on such an agreement.

New York state work laws also protect minors by comprehensively regulating their employment as well.

It is equally important for both workers and employees to know the overtime laws which govern and protect employee rights. If you believe that you have a valid claim against your employer, you should consult with a reliable employment and overtime attorney such as those at Lore Law by completing our online

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