The state Department of Labor on Thursday was directed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to convene a wage board in order to recommend potential changes to the state’s minimum wage for tipped workers.

“When the legislature enacted my proposal to increase the minimum wage, thousands of New Yorkers saw their economic prospects improve,” Cuomo said. “Now, to build on that momentum I am directing Labor Commissioner Peter Rivera to call a Wage Board and hold public hearings to ensure fairness and determine if changes need to be made to the regulations that govern the rates paid to service workers.”

The minimum wage at the end of last year increased by 75 cents to $8, the product of a 2013 agreement that will phase in the minimum wage to $9 by the end of 2015.

Advocates for increasing the minimum wage were not pleased with the compromise, however, pointing to a lack of protections in the legislation for tipped workers such as waiters, who often make less than minimum wage as base pay.

The wage board will be tasked with review current regulations for tipped workers earning less than the wage, the governor’s office said.

Cuomo, under pressure from liberal advocacy groups, labor unions and the Working Families Party, agreed in May to support an even higher increase of the minimum wage to $10.10 in addition to local control for hiking the wage based on a state formula.

The wage board is due to include Business Council President Heather Briccetti, Hotel Trade Council President Peter Ward and former Broome County Executive Timothy Grippen.

The governor’s power to convene the board is one that minimum wage supporters have long pointed to as a way for Cuomo to shore up the current wage laws.