Bill S6537-2013

Authorizes local governments to pay higher levels of minimum wage

Authorizes local governments to pay higher levels of minimum wage.

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  • Feb 4, 2014: REFERRED TO LABOR

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BILL NUMBER:S6537

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: To allow municipalities, including villages, cities and counties, to enact local minimum wages that are above the state minimum wage.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

§ 1 . Amends section 666 of the Labor Law to remove any prohibition against local governments promulgating or enacting a minimum wage in such jurisdiction that is higher than the New York State minimum wage.

§ 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

JUSTIFICATION: New York State is a vast state. Given the substantial differences in housing and living costs across the state, a single minimum wage for the entire state makes little sense. Workers need to earn much more to live in New York City than other areas of the state. Meanwhile, the cost of living in Buffalo may be different than the cost of living in Watertown and the cost of living on Long Island may be different than the cost of living in the Finger Lakes region. This bill will allow local governments to decide for themselves what the minimum wage should be in their particular community. It would seem more likely that the representatives of each locality would better understand the economies of their particular locality and be able to increase their local minimum wage if beneficial.

Under this bill, each locality would be able to promulgate or enact a local minimum wage that is higher than the state minimum wage.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: No Cost to State.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6537 IN SENATE February 4, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. SANDERS -- 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. The labor law is amended by adding a new section 666 to read as follows: S 666. NON-PREEMPTION CLAUSE. NOTHING IN THIS ARTICLE OR ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW SHALL BE DEEMED TO PROHIBIT ANY MUNICIPALITY FROM ESTABLISHING OR ENFORCING WITHIN ITS GEOGRAPHIC BOUNDARIES PAYMENT OF MINIMUM WAGE OF BENEFITS STANDARDS 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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