New New York State Hospitality Industry Uniform Regulations Now Apply Uniformly

Under prior New York law, an employer used to be able to require employees to pay for the cost of cleaning and maintaining their own uniforms as long as those costs did not reduce the employee’s pay below minimum wage. This is no longer the case.

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Is your business too small to have to pay overtime?

The Fair Labor Standards Act, like other federal economic regulation, applies to businesses engaged in interstate commerce. It covers enterprises—businesses—which gross at least $500,000 a year.

The $500,000 threshold would seem to exclude at least the smallest businesses from FLSA requirements. Take your neighborhood specialty toy store or bookseller—they may very well gross less than $500,000 a year, which would seem to exempt those enterprises from federal wage and hour regulation, right?  

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