Thanks But Please, Don’t Help!

That seems to be the clear message being sent by a number of restaurant employees to SEIU and the Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC). Bartenders and servers have joined forces to create a website, Our Industry Our Voice, through which they advocate for the preservation of the tipped wage (and the tip credit). The website…

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Minimum Wage by Region?

It ain’t perfect, but it’s an acknowledgement that economic conditions – and costs of living – differ across the country depending on the region one may be working in. Representative Terri Sewell of the Alabama 7th Congressional District has proposed a federal regional minimum wage that may be gaining some traction in the democrat-controlled US…

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Agreement Reached on $15 Minimum Wage

After battling all through last year over the issue, democrat NJ Governor Phil Murphy agreed with the democratic-controlled legislature on a bill that will lead to a state minimum wage of $15 per hour as soon as 2024. Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, who has not always seen eye to eye with Murphy, finally brokered the…

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DC Minimum Wages

Initiative 77, a Washington DC initiative that was passed by voters in the Nation’s Capital back in June is again back before the DC City Council, where a majority of members oppose the measure. City Councilors are now seriously considering repealing the measure and the city council’s Committee on the Whole will hold a public…

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Initiative 77 Repeal Gets Attention

After the District of Columbia City council advanced an ordinance to repeal Initiative 77, which the tipped wage within the Nation’s Capital, the push-back was fast and furious. The Washington Post last week trumpeted the headline: “D.C. residents seethe as Council moves to overturn voter-approved wage hike” and the story spoke to the strange visual…

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DC Council, Congress Look to Stop Initiative 77

Politics does indeed make strange bedfellows, and the effort to undo the voters’ approval of Initiative 77 in the Nation’s Capital is a prime example. Recall that just three weeks ago by a 56-44% margin, District of Columbia voters approved a ballot question that would eliminate the tip credit by which restaurants pay tipped workers…

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Industry Sues over Tipped Wage Regulation

Speaking of the tipped wage and tip credits, the restaurant industry has filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of Labor challenging to the Obama-era regulation implementing the so-called 80-20 standard for tipped work and prohibiting the tip credit. The lawsuit was filed with the US District Court for Western Texas in Austin by the…

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Alaska Bans Mandatory Tip Pooling

Effectively reinstating the ban on tip pooling that had been implemented by the Obama administration a few years ago, the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development implemented a new regulation that took effect last Friday banning the mandatory sharing of tips in the state of Alaska. The effort was undertaken to nullify the Trump…

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SCOTUS Stealing The Headlines

Our democracy is predicated on the three branches of government being equal in power, but over the past week or so, the judiciary – and the US Supreme Court in particular – has sucked all the power out of the room! Most recently, the court’s decision in the Janus case (which we cover below) has…

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DOL Clarifies Tip Pooling Rules

The US Department of Labor this week issued Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) 2018-3 on the impact of the tip pooling provisions contained in the Omnibus Spending Bill signed into law by the President a few weeks ago. The FAB makes clear that employers who pay the full FLSA minimum wage are no longer prohibited from…

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