After several months of study and deliberation, the New York State Wage Board has recommended an increase in wages for tipped workers in the industry.
The board called for an increase to $7.50 per hour, effective Dec. 31, 2015, for all classes of tipped workers. For tipped workers who make $4.90 per hour now, a boost to $7.50 would be a 53 percent increase.
Acting Commissioner of Labor Mario Musolino cited the “significantly higher cost of living,” especially in New York City, as one of the reasons for the increase.
The recommendation also calls for combining all tipped workers into one class, whether they be food service workers, service employees or service employees in resort hotels.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 2:05pm EST