Tipped Wage To Increase Significantly

The Department of Labor Acting Commissioner announced today that he will be following the suggestions of the Wage Board to increase the cash wage for tipped workers from $5.00 to $7.50 effective December 31st, 2015. Melissa Fleischut, President and CEO of the NYS Restaurant Association voiced her strong opinion on the subject by stating, “It’s troubling that the Acting Commissioner ignored legislative precedent and the pleas of nearly 1,000 hospitality industry representatives who asked him for a moderate increase phased in over time…By rubberstamping an extreme, unprecedented 50 percent increase it becomes hard to believe New York is really ‘Open for Business.’”

The tip credit for food service workers has historically been between 60-70 percent of the full minimum wage. Seventy percent of the current minimum wage is $6.13. This increase raises the percentage to an unprecedented high of 83 percent. To learn more about the issue and to stay informed on all the developments, visit the New York Restaurant Association here.

NYC Vegetarian Food Fest

Sarah Gross and Nira Paliwoda are the founders of U.S. Veg Corp, an event production and marketing brand focused on the growing vegetarian and green markets. U.S. Veg Corp provides offline and online opportunities throughout the year to target a passionate audience interested in a vegetarian and eco-friendly lifestyle. Nira and Sarah are active members of the local vegetarian and green movement. Their involvement with the community ensures that the events they put on address the latest issues concerning the vegetarian market and the most of-the-moment technologies.

The NYC Veg Food Fest will take place this year on March 14th & 15th from 11AM-6PM at The Metropolitan Pavilion on 125 West 18th St. Purchase your tickets now to attend and get yummy food samples, engage in fun activities and listen to inspiring speakers. For a list of this year’s exhibitors click here. Tickets for a 2-day pass are $50, while single day passes cost $30. To purchase tickets to the festival, click here.