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Action Needed: Albany Wage Board Hearing

Friday, December 05, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jay Holland
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Next Tuesday, December 9, the New York State Department of Labor Wage Board will be meeting in Albany to hear testimony from the public on the current system of wages for tipped workers. It is crucial that our industry is represented at this hearing! 

We need you to tell the Board how a change in the current system will affect your business.

Currently, employers are given a "tip credit" toward tipped workers' minimum wage requirements, so long as wages and tips meet or exceed minimum wage. The Wage Board is considering changes to this system, and some have even argued for eliminating the tip credit altogether. After the minimum wage increases again on December 31, that would be a 75% increase in wait staff labor costs!


The hearing will be at noon at the Harriman State Office Campus, in Building 12, Hearing Rooms D and E.


To testify, please register here:

If you cannot attend, you can still submit written testimony by emailing 

If you have questions please contact Jay Holland, government affairs coordinator, at 800-452-5212

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