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Final Wage Board Recommendation Likely Tomorrow (Members Only)

Thursday, January 29, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Tomorrow at noon, the NYS Wage Board will meet for what is expected to be its final meeting. In all likelihood, the board will be voting on a change to the cash wage and tip credit for tipped employees. Their decision will then be sent to the Commissioner of Labor for a final approval. There will be a short public comment period between the Wage Board recommendation and the approval by the Commissioner.


At the last meeting the board voted on a complete elimination of the tip credit, but, thankfully, the vote failed to pass. Another option under consideration was raising the cash wage for all service workers to $7.00, a proposal that also failed to garner enough support.


The NYS Restaurant Association’s government affairs team will be on the ground at tomorrow’s Wage Board meeting to give you the news first. Make sure you are following us on twitter @NYSRA to be the first to know what decision the board gives. We will be issuing a member alert, a press release, and holding media availability at the meeting.


Race for Speaker:

There are officially four candidates in the race for the Assembly Speaker’s Office, Carl Heastie of the Bronx,Cathy Nolan of Queens, Joe Lentol of Brooklyn, and Joe Morelle of Rochester.


Assemblyman Keith Wright who announced his candidacy early yesterday later withdrew and threw hissupport behind Carl Heastie, a major development because it solidifies the African American votes behind one candidate. If Heastie were to end up winning he would be the first black leader of a majority legislative conference in New York history.


If Joe Morelle were to win the Speakership, he would be the first Upstate Speaker in more than a century.


Two reforms Speaker Silver blocked from passage that could now be on the table include changes to the ancient Scaffold Law, which creates higher insurance premiums for everyone in New York, and allowing Mixed Marshal Arts, a change that would bring increased tourism and activity in restaurants.


New York City:

The Association will be testifying today in front of the DOHMH on new proposed changes to Article 81 (the NYC Food Code).  While many of the proposed changes would enact long-standing best practices in food safety, some proposals - including a mandated fish freezing requirement for certain species of fish - have chefs worried about intrusion into their menu options.


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