Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Cuomo board OKs Cuomo board's minimum wage decree

ALBANY -- As the debate goes on over the $15 minimum hourly wage in New York, a state oversight board has -- surprise, surprise -- upheld the Cuomo administration's arbitrary decision to give many fast-food workers that rate over a multi-year period.

The State Wage Board, appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, had decreed that the wage level would rise to $15 over  three-year period in New York City, but six years elsewhere. Today, the New York Industrial Board of Appeals, also appointed by Cuomo, rejected an argument by the National Restaurant Association that that the wage order was contrary to law and was a case of selective enforcement, zeroing in on companies with more than 30 locations but letting all others be exempt.

The association quickly responded that it will appeal the decision in court.

The state's minimum wage had already been scheduled to rise a quarter to $9 on December 31 for most workers. About 200,000 fast-food chain employees will see minimums rise then to $10.50 an hour in New York City and $9.75 elsewhere.

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