Small Business Restaurants Succeed With One Fair Wage: A California & New York Comparative Analysis
Small business restaurants in New York are struggling to find staff in what is currently the worst staffing crisis in the industry’s history. Over 500 small business restaurants in New York have raised wages for tipped workers in order to recruit staff, and over 100 restaurants have joined forces with workers calling for the New York State legislature to pass pending policy to end the subminimum wage for tipped workers.
This brief compares the experience of small businesses and minority and women-owned business
enterprises (MWBE’s) in New York, a subminimum wage state, and California, a state which
requires all restaurants to pay One Fair Wage — a full minimum wage with tips on top.
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