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The basics of overtime, time off, and the prevailing wage

On Behalf of | Mar 30, 2021 | Employment Law |

Workers in the construction or production industries often put in long hours well beyond the traditional 40-hour workweek. It is essential that these employees are paid the overtime they are owed. The following is a brief overview of wage and hour laws in New York.

What is the overtime rate in New York?

In New York, nonexempt employees must be paid 1.5 times their regular pay rate for all hours worked in excess of 40 hours in a workweek. Note that certain types of employees, such as salaried managers, are exempt from this law, and their employers are not required to pay them overtime.

Rest days

New York requires employers in certain industries to provide workers with a minimum of 24 hours in a row of rest in any calendar week. Some examples of employers that must provide the one-day rest in seven include factories, mercantile establishes, restaurants and hotels, among others.

Prevailing wages

In some situations, employers in New York must pay residents wage rates set by federal or state prevailing wage rules. These may differ from New York’s standard minimum wage. Employees who work on federal or state construction projects or who undertake certain services for the federal government or state government may be eligible for prevailing wages.

Learn more about wage and hour laws in New York

No one can deny that construction workers, factory workers, warehouse workers and restaurant workers perform essential duties and help keep our lives running smoothly. However, they deserve to be appropriately compensated for overtime worked, provided necessary time off and, if eligible, are paid the prevailing wage.  Our firm’s website on wage and hour laws may be a useful resource for those who want to learn more about this important topic.