Governor Cuomo Announces Plan to Eliminate Tip Credit for Employees Outside the Hospitality Industry
January 27, 2020
The New York State Department of Labor, after holding multiple hearings across the state regarding the impact of tip credits for employees covered by the Minimum Wage Order for Miscellaneous Industries and Occupations, issued a report recommending the elimination of the tip credit for all miscellaneous industry workers. Governor Cuomo recently announced that this recommendation will be implemented in two phases. Effective June 30, 2020, the tip credit will be cut in half. Effective December 31, 2020, the tip credit will be eliminated entirely. This will affect an estimated 70,000 employees, in occupations such as car wash attendants, nail and hair salon workers, tow truck drivers, dog groomers, wedding planners, tour guides, and valet parking attendants. This will not affect employees covered by the Hospitality Industry Wage Order, such as service employees and food service workers in hotels and restaurants.