Establish a relationship between an employer and another party for the payment of services with a New York employment contract. An employment contract assists employers in relaying the terms and conditions of employment when hiring new workers. The contract details information such as the compensation an employee will be paid, the job responsibilities expected of them, and any clauses the employer may wish to include, such as confidentiality or non-disclosure.
Employment Contracts: What to Consider as an Employer in New York
You need to be aware of the New York labor laws and requirements before you write your New York employment contract.
New York is an at-will employment state.
Minimum Wage Laws in New York
Basic Minimum Rate (per hour): $14.20
$15.00 in Long Island, Westchester, & NYC
Premium Pay After Designated Hours: Weekly – 40
Employers in New York State must provide certain employees with at least 24 hours of consecutive rest in any calendar week.
Employees receive one hour of pay at the minimum wage rate in addition to owed wages when the spread of hours exceeds ten hours, there is a split shift, or both.
Employment/Age Certification in New York
Employment certificates are required in New York for minors under 18. Employment certificates can be obtained from the minor’s school. Child performers employed in the entertainment industry will require an employment certificate from the New York Department of Labor.
New York does not require age certification, however, it is common practice for agencies to provide age certificates on request for minors under 18 years old.
Payday Requirements in New York
New York requires employers to pay manual workers weekly. Semi-monthly paydays are allowed upon approval for manual workers and for clerical and other workers.
Minimum Periods for Breaks and Meals in New York
Minimum paid rest periods are not required in New York.
However, meal periods are required. If an employee works over six hours, they must be allowed at least 30 minutes of unpaid time off.
New York Employment Contract Sample
Download a New York employment contract in PDF or Word format below.