ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Restaurant servers and other tipped workers in New York state would make $7.50 an hour before tips under a proposal recommended by a state wage board Friday
The proposal from the state Wage Board would go into effect Dec. 31 if approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s labor commissioner. That looks likely to happen after Cuomo signaled his support Friday.READ MORE: First Alert Forecast: Saturday Snowstorm Could Mean More Than A Foot For Long Island, Up To 6 Inches In NYC
“For far too long, wages for tipped workers in New York State have been too low,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Today the Wage Board has recommended a course that begins to rectify that.”
State law allows restaurants, hotels and other hospitality businesses to pay tipped workers less than the minimum wage as long as gratuities make up the difference. Servers are now paid an hourly wage of $5.