December 28, 2018

A new year means new rules and regulations that could affect your business.

These are four of the changes that take effect in New York state for 2019:

New minimum wage. The minimum wage upstate rises to $11.10 on Dec. 31 from $10.40. It’s the next increase on the way to $15 an hour across the state. Employers with 11 or more employees in New York City will start paying a $15 minimum wage in 2019.

More paid family leave. Employees will be eligible for up to 10 weeks of paid family leave at 55 percent of their pay, up from eight weeks at 50 percent this year.

Mandatory sexual harassment prevention training. The deadline for employers to complete the first training for their workers is Oct. 9, 2019. Employers also need to provide a policy to employees.

New overtime threshold. Starting Dec. 31, upstate employers must provide overtime pay to workers earning $43,264 or less per year.

Source: Albany Business Review/Dec. 28, 2018