senate Bill S6537

Authorizes local governments to pay higher levels of minimum wage

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  • 04 / Feb / 2014
    • REFERRED TO LABOR

Summary

Authorizes local governments to pay higher levels of minimum wage.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S6537
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Labor
Law Section:
Labor Law
Laws Affected:
Add §666, Lab L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S6537

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the labor law, in relation to
authorizing local governments to pay higher level of minimum wage
benefits

PURPOSE: To allow municipalities, including villages, cities and
counties, to enact local minimum wages that are above the state
minimum wage.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

§ 1 . Amends section 666 of the Labor Law to remove any prohibition
against local governments promulgating or enacting a minimum wage in
such jurisdiction that is higher than the New York State minimum wage.

§ 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

JUSTIFICATION: New York State is a vast state. Given the substantial
differences in housing and living costs across the state, a single
minimum wage for the entire state makes little sense. Workers need to
earn much more to live in New York City than other areas of the state.
Meanwhile, the cost of living in Buffalo may be different than the
cost of living in Watertown and the cost of living on Long Island may
be different than the cost of living in the Finger Lakes region. This
bill will allow local governments to decide for themselves what the
minimum wage should be in their particular community. It would seem
more likely that the representatives of each locality would better
understand the economies of their particular locality and be able to
increase their local minimum wage if beneficial.

Under this bill, each locality would be able to promulgate or enact a
local minimum wage that is higher than the state minimum wage.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: No Cost to State.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6537

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 4, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. SANDERS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Labor

AN ACT to amend the labor law, in relation to authorizing local  govern-
  ments to pay higher level of minimum wage benefits

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The labor law is amended by adding a  new  section  666  to
read as follows:
  S  666.  NON-PREEMPTION  CLAUSE.  NOTHING IN THIS ARTICLE OR ANY OTHER
PROVISION OF LAW SHALL BE  DEEMED  TO  PROHIBIT  ANY  MUNICIPALITY  FROM
ESTABLISHING  OR  ENFORCING  WITHIN ITS GEOGRAPHIC BOUNDARIES PAYMENT OF
MINIMUM WAGE OF BENEFITS STANDARDS THAT ARE HIGHER  OR  MORE  PROTECTIVE
THAN THOSE ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO THIS ARTICLE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.







 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13417-01-4

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