ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Restaurant servers, hotel housekeepers and other tipped workers in New York state will soon make $7.50 an hour before tips.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration announced Tuesday that his labor commissioner will make the change after a state Wage Board recommended it last month.READ MORE: Investigation Underway Following Police-Involved Shooting In Wakefield Section Of Bronx
“Business doesn’t have the excuse of saying, ‘We can’t afford any more, we’re broke,’ because we know they’re not. They’re making record profits,” Gov. Cuomo said.
Businesses may pay tipped workers less than the standard $8.75 minimum wage as long as gratuities make up the difference. Currently, servers make a tipped wage of $5 per hour.
The increase to $7.50 goes into effect Dec. 31.