The new minimum wage in New York City for non “fast food” businesses with eleven or more employees took effect on December 31, 2016. As a result, the minimum wage increased from $9.00 per hour to $11.00 per hour. At the same time, the tip credit in the restaurant/hospitality industry increased from $1.50 per hour to $3.50 per hour.
Along with the changes to the minimum wage that took effect on December 31, 2016, New York is returning to separate tip credit allowances for food service workers and service employees. In the restaurant business, food service workers typically consist of waitstaff and wait assistants or bussers, whereas service employees typically consist of delivery workers.