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In 2021, many states, cities, and counties will update their minimum wage laws (“MWL”) and increase their minimum wage amount. These states include, but are not limited to, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, and Florida. Employers need to be aware of these updates in order to comply with their applicable MWL.

Minimum Wage Changes 2021

Below is a summary of minimum wage increases in jurisdictions relevant to our clients. This list is non-exhaustive.

New York

  • $12.50 (12/31/2020)
  • Long Island and Westchester: $14.00 (12/31/20)
  • New York fast food employees (non-NYC): $14.50 (12/31/2020)
  • New York fast food employees (non-NYC): $15.00 (07/01/2021)

New Jersey

  • $12.00 (01/01/2021)
  • Long term care facility direct staff: $15.00 (01/01/2021)
  • Small or seasonal employer: $11.10 (01/01/2021)

Connecticut

  • $13.00 (08/01/2021)

California

  • 25 or less employees: $13.00 (01/01/2021)
  • 26 or more employees: $14.00 (01/01/2021)
  • Novato, CA:
    • 25 or less employees: $14.00 (01/01/2021)
    • 26-99 employees: $15.00 (01/01/2021)
    • 100 or more employees: $15.24 (01/01/2021)
  • Oakland, CA: $14.36 (01/01/2021)
  • San Diego: $14.00 (01/01/2021)
  • Santa Clara: $15.65 (01/01/2021)

Florida

  • $10.00 (09/30/2021)

New York State Salary Rate Increases 2021

The New York salary basis threshold for the executive and administrative exemptions will increase as follows:

Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties (12/31/2020)

  • $1,050 per week ($54,600 annually)

Rest of New York (non-NYC) (12/31/2020)

  • $937.50 per week ($48,750 annually)

NYC retains the prior rate of $1,125 per week ($58,500 annually).

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