In New York and other states there are minimum wage laws that apply to virtually every form of employment as long as you are an employee and not an independent contractor. These laws protect you in terms of having a certain minimum wage be paid, sometimes you might see these issues come up in situations involving wait staff of a restaurant, or bar tenders. Also, tip money is also included in the calculation of what a minimum wage is and there are also federal laws like the friar labor standard law which covers wage to be paid to employees and in terms of any overtime provisions. What you need to be able to do in this area of law is navigate whatever law governs your employment and determine from there if the employer is actually meeting it’s obligations on the law or whether some actions need to be taken by you in order to get those obligations met.
This informational blog post was provided by Kim Berg, an experienced New York Employer Attorney.