Court ruling could doom living-wage law

By Andrew J. Hawkins

cashA judge’s decision to strike down the city’s prevailing-wage law provides the Bloomberg administration an opening to get rid of another City Council statute it doesn’t like: the 2012 living-wage law.

The administration’s lawyers believe that New York Supreme Court Judge Geoffrey Wright’s assertion that the state’s minimum wage preempts the need for a prevailing wage law should also apply to the living wage, which requires employers to pay workers at least $10 an hour at development sites that receive at least $1 million in subsidies or abatements from the city.

“We believe the 2012 Living Wage law is invalid for the reasons the prevailing-wage law was struck down by the court,” said Brian Horan, assistant corporation counsel in the city’s Law Department. “We’re assessing our next steps.

“In its lawsuits against the living-wage and prevailing-wage laws, the Bloomberg administration argued that the statutes were invalid for numerous other reasons, but Judge Wright’s decision did not address those.

Read More Court ruling could doom living-wage law – The Insider Blog | Crain’s New York Business.

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