Crouch Pleads For Tipped Workers to Commissioner Of Labor

May 25, 2018

Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch (R-Bainbridge) announced today that he sent a letter to Roberta Reardon, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Labor, voicing his concerns with the governor’s proposal to remove tipped-wages and pay restaurant workers minimum wage. The proposal has received a lot of backlash from the restaurant industry and other tipped-wage workers. Their fears are it would increase costs for owners, resulting in eliminating and capping the amount of money tipped workers would make to the minimum wage, which is usually considerably lower than they earn through tips.

“I have heard from many concerned individuals in my district who do not support this initiative,” said Crouch. “This is taking money of out of the pocket of our workers and placing more burdensome regulations on our businesses. Current law already ensures that if tipped workers do not make at least minimum wage tips and their hourly wages, the business will pay the difference. I strongly encourage the governor to reconsider this initiative, Maine recently attempted to eliminate this credit, and last year was forced to repeal the law as it proved to be ineffective. We should learn from this experience and not make the same mistake.”