Minimum Wage to Increase For Tipped Employees in New York Hospitality Industry

The Acting Commissioner of the New York State Department of Labor recently issued a Wage Order increasing the minimum wage rate for all tipped employees in the hospitality industry to $7.50 per hour, effective December 31, 2015.  Thus, the Wage Order increases the tipped employee minimum wage rate as of December 31, 2015—by $2.50 for food service workers, $1.85 for most service employees, and $2.60 for service employees at resort hotels.  Also, the Wage Order also provides that an additional $1/hour be added to the tip credit in New York City, if New York City passes minimum wage legislation mandating payment of a higher minimum wage than required by state law.

Hospitality employers should review their pay practices to confirm they are in compliance with these new requirements.

John D. Horowitz, Esq.

Horowitz Sigmond LLP

45 Broadway, 4th Floor

New York, New York 10006

(O) (917) 464-4031

jhorowitz@hsiglaw.com

 

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