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Cuomo: State Labor Department eliminates sub-minimum wage for 'miscellaneous' jobs


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Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that New York state will be filing a lawsuit against the International Joint Commission for negligence over high water levels on Lake Ontario. (WHAM photo)
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Governor Cuomo has announced that State Department of Labor is eliminating the sub-minimum wage for 'miscellaneous' industries statewide.

The order will affect around 70,000 New Yorkers and end the confusion and wage theft.

According to a release, workers that will be impacted by the new measure include: nail salon workers, hairdressers, aestheticians, car wash workers, valet parking attendants, door-persons, tow truck drivers, dog groomers and tour guides.

"In New York, we believe in a fair day's pay for a fair day's work," Governor Cuomo said. "But after an exhaustive investigation conducted by the Department of Labor, it's clear the tip system in many situations is needlessly complicated, allowing unscrupulous businesses to flout our nation-leading minimum wage laws and robbing workers of the paycheck they earned. That ends now. Today, I am directing the labor department to put an end to the tip credit in the industries with the highest risk of wage theft to help restore fairness for workers, many of whom are critical to the service industries that keep our economy moving forward."

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This elimination will phased in over the next year.

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