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New York Minimum Wage Law

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on December 10, 2013.

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Employers in New York must conform with these state rules regarding the minimum wage paid to employees.

Effective December 31, 2013, the minimum wage rate in New York is $8.00 per hour. Other wage rates are in effect in specific industries pursuant to wage orders.

Employees are covered by New York's minimum wage law, except:

  • farm laborers
  • executive, administrative or professional employees
  • outside salespersons
  • taxicab drivers
  • volunteers, learners or apprentices for a corporation, unincorporated association, community chest, fund or foundation organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable or educational purposes — no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual
  • volunteers who are at least 18 years of age and work at a recreational or amusement event which lasts no longer than eight consecutive days, where no more than one event occurs in any calendar year
  • members of a religious orders, duly ordained, commissioned or licensed ministers, priests or rabbis, or sextons or Christian Science readers
  • workers in or for a religious or charitable institution, when work is incidental to or in return for charitable aid conferred upon such individual and not under any express contract of hire
  • students working in or for religious, educational or charitable institutions
  • workers in or for religious, educational or charitable institutions if the individual's earning capacity is impaired by age or by physical or mental deficiency or injury
  • employees of religious, educational or charitable institutions' summer camps or conferences, if employed for not more than three months annually
  • staff counselors at children's camps
  • students working in college or university fraternity, sorority, student associations or faculty associations (recognized by the college or university), whose net earnings do not inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual

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