senate Bill S4919

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Authorizes local governments to pay higher levels of minimum wage

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S4919 - Bill Details

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Law Section:
Labor Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง665, Lab L

S4919 - Bill Texts

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Authorizes local governments to pay higher levels of minimum wage.

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BILL NUMBER:S4919

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 OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Allows localities to set a minimum
wage beyond what is required by the state.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Establishes a non-preemption clause
allowing municipalities to establish a higher minimum wage.

Section 1 - Amends Section 665 of the labor law, as added by chapter
619 of the laws of 1960 by adding a "non preemption" clause, allowing
municipalities/localities to raise their minimum wage above what the
state statutorily requires.

Section 2 - states that this act shall take effect immediately.

JUSTIFICATION: The cost of living has skyrocketed in our state while
wages have stagnated having a serious, detrimental impact on working
class New Yorkers. People who make the current minimum wage fall below
the poverty line, this is unjust and unacceptable.

The problem of wage disparity is only exacerbated in higher standard
of living areas like the five Burroughs of NYC, Westchester & Long
Island. This legislation effectively establishes that minimum wage
shall be a floor and not a ceiling, thus allowing localities to raise
the minimum wage above what is currently established by the state.

A one size fits all minimum wage does not adequately address the
standard of living economic disparity that exists in New York State.
It is time for New York to come from behind and take the lead to
insure all New Yorker's, our working class is paid a livable wage.
Doing so will help boost economic activity propelling our economy
forward.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  4919

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 1, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sen. ESPAILLAT -- 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.  Section  665 of the labor law, as added by chapter 619 of
the laws of 1960, is amended to read as follows:
  S 665. Savings AND NON-PREEMPTION clause. 1. If any provision of  this
article  or  the application thereof to any person, employer, occupation
or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the  article  and  the
application  of such provision to other persons, employees, occupations,
or circumstances shall not be affected thereby.
  2. NOTHING IN THIS ARTICLE OR ANY OTHER  PROVISION  OF  LAW  SHALL  BE
DEEMED TO PROHIBIT ANY MUNICIPALITY FROM ESTABLISHING OR ENFORCING WITH-
IN  ITS GEOGRAPHIC BOUNDARIES PAYMENT OF MINIMUM WAGE OF BENEFITS STAND-
ARDS 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.
                                                           LBD10524-02-3

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