senate Bill S7772
(D) 10th Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
Enact the fair wage act; raises the minimum wage and allows localities to raise minimum wages by up to an additional thirty percent.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the municipal home rule law and the
labor law, in relation to enacting the fair wage act, raising the
minimum wage and allowing localities to raise minimum wages by up to
an additional thirty percent
PURPOSE: To increase the New York State minimum wage to $10.10 per
hour effective on and after July 1, 2015, create a yearly cost of
living adjustment beginning each year on and after July 1, 2016, and
allow localities to set a minimum wage of up to 30% above the
statewide minimum wage.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1- Bill title.
Section 2- Amends the municipal home rule law to provide for the
exception pursuant to the new provisions of labor law relating to
local control over minimum wage rates.
Section 3- Amends section 652 of the labor law to increase the minimum
wage to $9 per hour on and after September 1, 2014 and then to $10.10
per hour on and after July 1, 2015. On and after July 1, 2016, and
every year thereafter, the minimum wage will be increased by the rate
of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index-All Urban
Consumers (CPI-U) or a successor index used by the U.S. Department of
Section 4- Amends section 654 of the labor law to allow a county,
city, town, village, or public benefit corporation establish and
enforce a higher minimum wage standard than the statewide minimum wage
within their own borders, provided that no local minimum wage greater
than 30% more than the statewide minimum would could be enacted.
Section 5- Amends section 662 of the labor law to provide that an
employer who fails to adhere to a local minimum wage shall be guilty
of violating the labor law in the same manner as a violation of the
statewide minimum wage.
Section 6- Provides that the effective date shall be immediately.
JUSTIFICATION: While New York adopted a minimum wage increase in 2013
from $7.25 to $8.00 per hour in 2014 and up to $9.00 per hour at the
end of 2015, this increase will not provide for an actual living wage
throughout the state. In the intervening year, other high-cost states
such as California, Connecticut, Vermont, Maryland and Hawaii have
raised their minimum wages to $10.00 or more, and others like
Massachusetts and Illinois are expected to follow shortly. Many
economic advisors and officials at the state and federal level,
including President Obama, have urged increasing the minimum wage to
$10.10 per hour to bring wages more in line with the past rates of
inflation and increase the standards of living for those who are paid
the minimum wage.
Similarly, the current minimum wage does not allow for regional
variations that take into account the varied costs of living in the
state. One size does not fit all in a state that has an estimated 43%
cost of living difference between the most expensive and least
expensive parts of the state. Other states such as California,
Maryland, Washington State, New Mexico and Illinois have found that
allowing high cost regions to supplement the state minimum wage with
higher local rates allows communities to address local economic needs
and living costs.
This bill will address both of these issues by raising the minimum
wage to in two steps to $10.10 per hour by July 1, 2015 and indexing
future yearly increases to inflation. Local governments will also be
given the power to raise the minimum wage within their own boundaries
to no more than 30% above the statewide minimum wage. Taken together,
this bill will increase the purchasing power of workers, aid small
businesses, and allow regional variations that will support the unique
character of the state.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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