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Department of Labor Announces Tipped Wage Will Increase to $7.50

Tuesday, February 24, 2015  
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Today the Department of Labor Acting Commissioner announced he will follow the recommendations of the Wage Board and increase the cash wage for tipped workers from $5.00 to $7.50, effective December 31, 2015. 

View full Wage Order of the Acting Commissioner >>

“It’s troubling that the Acting Commissioner ignored legislative precedent and the pleas of nearly 1,000 hospitality industry representatives who asked him for a moderate increase phased in over time,” said Melissa Fleischut, President and CEO of the NYS Restaurant Association. “By rubberstamping an extreme, unprecedented 50 percent increase it becomes hard to believe New York is really ‘Open for Business.’”

The New York State Restaurant Association has been following this issue from the beginning and sharing all developments with restaurants in New York. The Association will continue to keep restaurants updated with important information.

For press inquiries and for restaurants with questions, comments, or concerns regarding this issue contact Jay Holland, Government Affairs Coordinator, or 518.452.4222.

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