Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Will tipped workers get a raise in New York State?
ALBANY -- Restaurant servers, busboys and other tipped workers in New York may get a raise from a little-known state board that will review whether to require their employers to pay the minimum wage.
Under current law, restaurants, hotels and other employers can pay service workers less than the minimum wage as long as their tips make up the difference. A coalition of labor unions, service workers and others is pushing for the state to eliminate the so-called tip wage and require service workers to be paid the full minimum wage of $8 before tips.
The state's wage board is expected to hear from both sides this fall before making a recommendation on whether to raise the tip wage -- or eliminate it altogether. A final decision from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's labor commissioner is expected in February. The board met Monday in Albany.
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Staff William M. Dowd at 1:37 PM