When you accept a job with a company in New York, there are a few different ways that you might be paid for your work. Some people have jobs that earn them money in the form of commission. These people are generally in sales positions. Other employees might receive a set amount of money each pay period regardless of the number of hours that they work or are expected to work. These people are often referred to as salaried employees.
If you are paid a set amount for every hour you work and the amount you earn each week may change based on the number of hours you work, you are said to be an hourly employee. Depending on your job or industry, you may be eligible to receive more money per hour if you work overtime. The State of New York explains that overtime is considered time worked in excess of 40 hours in a single work week or beyond 44 hours if you live in the home of the people for whom you work.
If overtime is required for your job based on both state and federal laws, you will be paid an overtime rate of 1.5 times the amount you normally earn in one hour. If overtime is only required for you by the state, your rate is 1.5 times the state minimum wage.
If you would like to learn more about your rights as a worker, especially when it comes to pay beyond your standard working week hours, please feel free to visit the overtime pay page of our New York State employment law website.