For covered employees, the New York State Minimum Wage rate is $7.15 per hour. This amount may be modified based upon a number of factors. For example, food service workers who earn at least $1.85 per hour in tips may be paid at a minimum wage rate of $5.30 per hour. Different rates exist for other types of service employees, specified within a set of regulations called a “Wage Order”, which addresses the unique aspects of each industry or occupation.
Exceptions to the minimum wage requirements are:
Independent Contractors people who are in business for themselves are not considered “employees” and are not covered by the minimum wage requirements. These are the major exclusions.
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