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    After New York increased the minimum wage for some employees, more than 1.5 million New Yorkers saw a raise come their way. However, that doesn’t mean that all businesses were eager to comply so quickly, making some employees seek legal guidance to ensure they have not been taken advantage of.

    If you are employed in New York and believe that you have not been compensated under the new laws, contact the New York wage attorneys at Brown Kwon & Lam, LLP now.

    New York Minimum Wage Increase

    On December 31, 2019, New York State officials increased the minimum wage for certain regions and counties in the state. This includes:

    These new rates will remain in effect until December 30, 2020.

    Minimum Wage Act

    Under the New York law of the Minimum Wage Act, all employees in New York State must receive at a minimum the applicable hourly wage rate.

    However, Wage Orders can set industry-specific rates that may differ from the state minimum wage. It is important to understand that each industry has a set of rules which can cause issues with minimum wage.

    For examples, here are some exceptions that exist in various industries:

    Industry-specific guidelines on minimum wage and applicable factors are available on the New York State Department of Labor website here.

    While these guidelines exist, there is still room for error by employers. For example, Hudson Hall LLC was caught in the middle of a class-action lawsuit for not complying with new wage standards as employees were not correctly compensated and additionally, were not receiving overtime pay.

    This is not the first or the last time a business will unfairly pay employees. But if it happens to you, know there are law firms out there who can help you seek justice.

    Penalties for Minimum Wage Violations

    When you have been a victim of a minimum wage violation, you may be able to collect liquidated damages in addition to your lost wages. This means that you can collect 100% of your unpaid wages and an additional sum of money. In some situations, the sum may equate to the unpaid wages meaning you may have $1,000 in unpaid wages and another $1,000 in damages.

    In addition, you may also collect the following fees as part of a winning case:

    In cases where your employer failed to support pertinent information, you may also receive additional compensation for:

    New York Minimum Wage Violation: Brown Kwon & Lam

    If you have not been compensated correctly under the new New York minimum wage requirements, contact the employment attorneys at Brown Kwon & Lam, LLP today. We will fight for your right to a fair wage and ensure any payments that need to be made are given to you.

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