New York: Wage Payment Law Coverage Expands
Effective March 13, 2024, New York’s wage payment law and its protections will apply to more employees because the exception threshold will increase to $1,300 from $900. The state’s wage payment law creates rights for workers in how and when they’re paid. They don’t apply (an exception) to certain workers (bona fide executive, administrative, or professional employees) who make a set amount of money (the threshold).
Starting in March 2024, bona fide executive, administrative, and professional employees who make up to $1,300 a week cannot be forced into being paid via direct deposit, without providing their advance, written consent (N.Y. Labor Law § 192). Additionally, these employees must also be paid at least semi-monthly, and any owed benefits or wage supplements must be paid within 30 days of them coming due. Benefits or wage supplements include reimbursement for expenses; health, welfare, and retirement benefits; and vacation, separation, or holiday pay (N.Y. Labor Law § 198-C). NY SB 5572 was signed by the governor on September 15, 2023.