Minimum Wage Information for Employers


We help collect underpayments for workers who have not received the minimum wage. Often, we collect the funds without resorting to court action.

However, an employer that violates the Minimum Wage Law is subject to criminal prosecution and penalties. Action may also be taken in civil court.

The Commissioner of Labor may require an employer to pay minimum wage underpayments and liquidated damages PLUS interest and civil penalties up to 200 percent of the unpaid wages.

We're Here to Help

The Division of Labor Standards offers free educational seminars to employers doing business in New York State.

Each year Labor Standards responds to thousands of employee complaints of unpaid wages and benefits, illegal employment of children, meal period violations and more. The New York State labor law can be very complicated and it is easy for employers to make a mistake. Our seminars may help an employer avoid the cost and inconvenience of a Labor Standards Investigation. The seminar is designed to teach employers how to avoid being in violation of labor laws.

We can tailor an Educational Seminar to the industry of those attending.

We can design a seminar for a specific company, allowing the company to include the seminar in scheduled corporate training sessions for managers or company meetings at a specific location.

We will provide Educational Seminar information in brochures, booklets and Powerpoint presentations at no cost to an employer.

For more information on Educational Seminars, please call: (518) 457-9000

Minimum Wage for Employees Covered by Federal Law

Employees covered by the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act remain covered by the New York State minimum wage orders, including their supplemental wage provisions. Employers must comply with the State and with the Federal law, which may result in a higher minimum wage. In all cases, the higher wages apply.