Two New Updates for New York State Poster

New York Notice Updates Minimum Wage & Discrimination-01

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Every year, around December 31, we can count on New York State to update its Miscellaneous Industry Employees minimum wage notice. And this past December, just like 2018, the state’s Discrimination notice was also updated.

New Minimum Wage Rates for Miscellaneous Industries

On Dec. 30, 2019, New York State’s Department of Labor (DOL) issued the updated minimum wage notice for Miscellaneous Industry Employees, which has a revision date of 12/19. As in previous years, all employers in the state are required to display the poster outlining regional hourly wage rates based on an employer’s location.

Here are the minimum wage hourly rates effective Dec. 31, 2019–Dec. 30, 2020:

In New York City —

  • The minimum wage is $15.00 per hour for both large and small employers.

In Long Island & Westchester County —

  • The minimum wage is $13.00 per hour.

In the remainder of New York State —

  • The minimum wage is $11.80 per hour.

Further Posting Requirements for Minimum Wage

Those who are new to New York State’s minimum wage rules should be aware that employers in certain industries must also find and post the minimum wage notice that applies to their specific industry; for example, the apparel, building service, hospitality, or farm industry. Notices for these industries can be downloaded from the New York State Labor Standards Forms and Publications page.

New Discrimination Protections for Employees

Effective February 9, 2020, New York State’s Human Rights Law applies to all employers—not just those with 4 or more employees. The Discrimination notice includes several changes related to workplace discrimination protections, many of which are outlined below.

Under the New York State Human Rights Law:

  • Discrimination is now prohibited based on gender expression.
  • Discrimination is also prohibited based on hairstyles associated with race.
  • Reasonable accommodations for people with pregnancy-related conditions now include lactation.
  • Domestic workers are now protected from harassment and retaliation.
  • Interns and non-employees, such as temps or contract workers, are now protected from the same forms of discrimination as other employees.

We Make Compliance Easy!

That’s all the news we have for New York State. However, if you have not already done so, we encourage you to order our 1-Year Compliance Plan, so that you will automatically receive the updated New York State poster. And because we provide free poster updates for mandatory changes, no matter how many occur during the plan year, you can always count on Poster Compliance Center to keep your business in compliance!