A typical work week includes Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM making up a typical 40-hour workweek.
However, this can vary greatly from job to job, as some positions require workers on "swing shift" (work at night for example) or employees to regularly come in on the weekend. Some salaried professionals are expected to put in much longer hours exceeding 60 hours a week, especially as they establish themselves in their career.
There are 12 public holidays in New York State each year. Public holidays commemorate a special day, for example, Martin Luther King's Birthday or Christmas Day. On a public holiday, sometimes called a bank holiday, government and public institutions and schools are closed. However, it is not compulsory for private businesses to close so many restaurants and shops may stay open. Public transport also operate but often with restricted schedules.
The list of public state holidays recognized by New York State is as follows:
If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is commonly observed on the following Monday. However, some holidays that fall on Sundays, like Easter, are not federal holidays.
If employees are required to work on holidays, they are commonly offered premium wage rates such as 1.5 time.
In New York, an employer is not required to provide employees with vacation benefits, either paid or unpaid. If an employer chooses to provide such benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract. `
However, it is common practice for employers to offer two weeks of paid vacation time. More than 90% of all full-time employees receive paid vacation. Vacation days must be planned in advance, generally one month before the leave is to be taken.
Since December 31st 2018, The Minimum Wage Act (Article 19 of the New York State Labor Law) requires that all employees in New York State receive a minimum wage of $13.50 per hour for an adult employee working in a businesses with 10 or fewer employees, and $15.00 per hour for those working in a businesses with 11 or more employees.
Means of compensation in New York State:
An employment contract must be made in writing and has to have two copies: one for the employee, the other for the employer. In general, contracts have to be concluded for an indefinite term. The Labor Code allows for finite term contracts only in a few cases, most notably, for seasonal or casual work, or paid public work.
The statement of terms must include the following information:
You may be entitled to notice if you are being let go from your job. This means that you are given notice that your job will end and the date in the near future when this will come into effect. The length of notice you are entitled to, will depend on your contract of employment.
However, New York is an "employment-at-will" state, which means employers can terminate employees at any time for any reason (unless a law or agreement prevents otherwise). Within 5 days of actual termination, employees must be notified in writing of the exact date of termination as well as the exact date of cancellation of benefits due to termination of employment.
Written notice must be provided on a form furnished or approved by the Department of Labor and must include:
Under the New York WARN law, employers who employ 50 or more full-time employees must give at least 90 days' advance written notice before mass layoffs, relocations, and plant closings.
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