Under state law, the Commissioner of Labor is authorized to investigate whether wages paid in a specific industry or job classification are sufficient to provide for the life and health of those workers. If not, he or she can impanel a Wage Board to recommend what adequate wages should be. The Wage Board will then make recommendations to the Commissioner, who can implement them without legislative approval.
The Business Council of New York State opposes the Governor’s move. The group issued a statement that said “Artificially inflated wages will not promote job creation. New York needs to focus on policies that enable us to produce real private sector growth.”