By Mike Costanza
In the past few years, New York has changed the standard for paying overtime, raised the minimum wage and mandated paid leave for qualified employees. While some of the new measures appear to benefit employees, others have forced businesses to make undesirable changes.
Of all the recent changes. those regarding new overtime thresholds and minimum wage levels probably have had the most obvious effects. The New York State Department of Labor, or DOL, has incrementally increased both since 2016.
DOL differentiates between nonexempt and exempt employees.
“A nonexempt employee. or what we commonly call an hourly employee, is . . . paid for all hours of service,” says Steven Modica, principal owner and founder of the Modica Law Firm. “If that person works more than 40 hours in a given week. that person is entitled to overtime pay at one-and-a-half times their usual rate for all those hours.”