Cuomo wants workers who get tips to be paid full minimum wage

Cornelia Mascio
Dicembre 18, 2017

Governor Andrew Cuomo took the first step Sunday toward ending lower pay for workers who receive tips.

31, employers of tipped food service workers will only be required to pay their employees a minimum for $8 per hour, and employers of tipped service employees workers will only need to pay their workers a minimum of $10.85 per hour, according to information from Cuomo's office.

"In New York, we believe in a fair day's pay for a fair day's work and that all workers deserve to be treated with dignity and respect", said Cuomo. According to Cuomo, in workplaces such as auto washes and restaurants, workers' income can rely entirely upon tips.

"There should be no exception to that fairness and decency".

Cuomo's call for a review of the state's tipping rules is part of his annual "state of the state" message.

The hearings will likely tackle issues that include how 70 percent of tipped workers in the state are women and how studies show black workers are often tipped less than their white counterparts.

In practice, many employers find it hard to keep track of employee tips properly, especially in industries where tips are not a steady and reliable source of income that can be depended upon by workers to meet their living expenses, and where daily and weekly fluctuations make it hard for workers to know whether they are being underpaid.

On Dec. 31, 2016, the minimum wage in New York State was increased from $9 to $11 per hour in New York City for workers employed by large businesses (those with at least 11 employees).

For workers in New York City employed by small businesses (those with 10 employees or fewer), the minimum wage rose to $10.50 in 2016 and will increase by $1.50 each year after, reaching $15 on December 31, 2019.

Cuomo ordered hearings be held on eliminating "minimum wage tip credits" in NY.

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