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April 1 2019

Survey: New York Restaurant Jobs Threatened by $15 Minimum Wage

by Charlotte Hays

One of the best things about New York is the great restaurants.

But a lot of these restaurants now are hiking prices and reducing employee hours.

The reason?

The new $15 minimum wage.

The New York Post reports:

A once-growing industry is contracting, according to an online survey conducted by the New York City Hospitality Alliance, an association representing restaurants in the city.

Last year, “full-service restaurants recorded a 1.6 percent job loss, which is the first recorded annual loss in two decades,” said Andrew Rigie, executive director of the trade group.

The survey also said about a third of respondents will eliminate jobs and most will raise prices this year because of the new $15-an-hour law backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other state officials, which took effect on Dec. 31, 2018.

A total of 76.5 percent of full-service restaurant respondents reduced employee hours, and 36 percent eliminated jobs in 2018, the survey said.

Also, 75 percent of limited-service restaurant respondents reported that they will reduce employee hours, and 53 percent will eliminate jobs in 2019 as a result of the wage increases, according to the survey.

In defending the minimum wage hike, Governor Cuomo said that all New Yorkers "deserve to make a living wage."

Ironically, the unrealistic minimum wage will prevent a lot of New York food servers from doing just that.



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