Labor and Employment Alert: New York Raises the Salary Threshold for its Overtime Exemptions
The U.S. Department of Labor’s new overtime rules would have increased the minimum salary level for most overtime pay exemptions from $455 per week to $913 per week effective December 1, 2016. But, for now, that increase is blocked as a result of a lawsuit in federal court in Texas, and so the current minimum salary for most of the overtime pay exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act remains $455 per week. While the saga of the DOL’s overtime rules plays out in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, New York has raised its own salary threshold for being overtime-exempt under New York law.
Before the increase, the minimum salary level in New York for executive and administrative employees to be overtime-exempt was $675 per week (or $35,100 annually). As of December 31, 2016, however, the threshold has increased and varies depending on where the employee works in the state:
The Fair Labor Standards Act permits states to enact a higher salary threshold in order to qualify for the overtime exemption. As a result, employers in New York have to contend with a significantly higher (and, for several years, annually increasing) threshold in order for their employees to remain exempt from overtime. Contact your Vorys lawyer if you have questions about New York's wage-hour laws.