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Changes to servers’ wages could hurt restaurants in New York state

By Liz Young  –  Reporter, Albany Business Review Dec 20, 2017, 2:23pm Albany Business Review  Gov. Andrew Cuomo has alarmed restaurant owners as he calls for New York to look at eliminating tipped wages in his upcoming State of the State address. Restaurants could eliminate tipping, and some may close, if a change is made to the way servers’ wages…

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STATE LIQUOR AUTHORITY ISSUES $3.5 MILLION DOLLAR CIVIL PENALTY AGAINST WHOLESALE GIANT

Levels Largest Civil Penalty in Agency History, and one of the Largest Civil Penalties of any State Liquor Administrative Agency Against Wholesaler Southern Glazer Wine & Spirits Responsible for Engaging in “Pay-to-Play” Illegal Gifts and Services to Favored Businesses, Inaccurate & Inadequate Recordkeeping, and Discriminatory Sales Southern Glazer and SLA Entering into First-Ever Corporate Compliance…

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Minimum Wage Hike Takes Effect December 31st

The minimum wage is increasing again as part of the multi-year plan enacted in 2016. Along with the minimum wage increasing the allowances, credits and minimum weekly salary for employees to be exempt from the state overtime rule also increase whenever the minimum wage goes up (by the same percentage) so they’re increasing too. In…

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Paid Family Leave Law Takes Effect January 1st

New York’s Paid Family Leave Law launches on January 1, 2018. The law provides a means by which employees can: bond with a newly born, adopted, or fostered child care for a family member with a serious health condition assist loved ones when a family member is deployed abroad on active military service Paid family…

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NYS Gaming Commission to Study Prevalence of Underage Gambling

The New York Gaming Commission is about to begin a year-long field assessment of how well casinos, racinos, race tracks and lottery outlets are fulfilling their legal responsibility to prevent underage gambling. Starting in mid-December and continuing through much of 2018, supervised minors working for an independent contractor hired by the Commission will enter gaming…

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We’re Moving

The Association offices will be relocating to 150 State Street in Albany over the Christmas – New Year’s week. Our phone and email contact information remains the same. Please bear with us during the transition.

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Campaign Against Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Continues

Our efforts to combat the monopolistic practices by wine and liquor wholesalers entered a new stage last month. In addition to our existing campaign to obtain the right for on-premises retailers to purchase wine and spirits from liquor stores, the Association has asked the State Liquor Authority to investigate the practices of wholesalers to charge…

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Department of Labor Proposes New Scheduling Rules

The State Department of Labor has proposed new scheduling rules for employers covered by the Miscellaneous Industries and Occupations Minimum Wage Order which will dramatically increase employer costs for last minute schedule changes and make it much harder to run a business. Employers covered by this Wage Order include general merchandise retailers (Walmart, Target, etc.),…

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