Bill S4919-2013

Authorizes local governments to pay higher levels of minimum wage

Authorizes local governments to pay higher levels of minimum wage.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO LABOR
  • May 1, 2013: REFERRED TO LABOR

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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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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4919 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE 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.

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