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    New York State Minimum Wage Increase effective Jan. 1, 2024

    September 28, 2023 / By Tracy Rickett, UNY Human Resources Generalist / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The New York State minimum wage is changing starting in 2024.  

    New York State Minimum Wage Increase

    Effective Jan. 1, 2024, New York State (NYS) minimum wage will increase to $15.00 per hour. In 2025 and 2026, NYS minimum wage will increase by $0.50 annually. Beginning in 2027, and each year thereafter, increases to the minimum wage will be indexed based on inflation by the U.S. Department of Labor consumer price index. The minimum wage will be published by the New York Department of Labor (NYDOL) Oct. 1 each year for the rate to take effect that coming January 1 of the following year.

    Effective Date

    New York State (excluding New York City, Long Island, and Westchester



    Jan. 1, 2024


    Jan. 1, 2025


    Jan. 1, 2026


    Employers in the Upper New York Conference, regardless of number of employees, must pay non-exempt employee’s minimum wage. Non-exempt employees are entitled to overtime pay under the state and federal wage and hour laws. Overtime pay for non-exempt employees is calculated as time and one-half their regular rate of pay for all hours worked over 40 hours in a workweek. 

    An updated NYS Minimum Wage poster must be posted at your work site for your employees by Jan. 1, 2024. Once the updated poster is available, the Conference office will post it on our Church Employer webpage Employment Law Compliance and Posters. Please click this link for more information on the change to NYS Minimum Wage.

    New York State Minimum Salary

    As of the date of this news article, the New York State minimum salary for employees classified as exempt under the New York State Labor Law remains at $1064.25/week or $55,341.00 per year. Any updates to the New York State minimum salary will be published as it becomes available. 

    Churches should review their wage and hour practices to ensure that their employees are classified properly as non-exempt or exempt and that current minimum wage and minimum salary levels are being paid to employees. 

    If you have any questions on this topic, please contact Tracy Rickett, Human Resources Generalist, at (315) 898-2017 or

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    With more than 100,000 members, United Methodists of Upper New York comprises of more than 675 local churches and New Faith Communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our vision is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."