Initiative 82 Back on November Ballot

Speaking of ballot questions, a panel of three District of Columbia appellate judges ruled this week that the measure to eliminate the tip credit in the Nation’s Capitol should remain on the ballot for voters to decide in November. The DC measure is similar to another that was passed by voters in 2018 only to have…

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New Tip & OT Rules in Pennsylvania

We advised you last month and want to remind you that new tip rules will take effect in Pennsylvania today, August 5. The new rules bump the minimum amount of money an employee must receive in tips from the previous $30 per month to $135 per month before the employer can reduce the employee’s hourly…

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New Tip Rules Effective August 5

The Pennsylvania Attorney General has approved a 2021 proposal by the state Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) to dramatically amend the state regulations governing wage payments for tipped workers. Current law provided a monthly tipped employee threshold of $30 in tips before an employer could take the tip credit and pay the authorized tipped…

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Little State, Big Tip Protection

It may be known as Little Rhody, but the tiny state of Rhode Island comes up big now with a new tip protection law on the books. Governor Dan McKee signed H7510A into law on June 28 and it became effective immediately at that time. The law prohibits employers from retaining any portion of an…

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Economic Trends

The Employment Policies Institute (EPI) recently released a new report revealing that a majority of economists across the country are against raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. The report surveyed some 160 economists with a full 75 percent believing that the change would have a negative effect on youth employment levels while…

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ROC Front Targets Tipped Wage

One Fair Wage, the wholly-owned non-profit political arm of the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) that is backed (and financed?) by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is now bringing pressure on company stockholders to eliminate tip credits. Through stockholders, including the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed…

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States Targeting Tip Credit Rules

Potentially significant changes are on tap for the tip credit rules in a number of jurisdictions around the country. Pennsylvania has already adopted a significant change that will quadruple the tip income requirement necessary for an employer to use the tip credit. Currently, the Pennsylvania minimum wage law requires employers paying the tipped minimum ($2.83…

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Tipped Wage Again Heading to Ballot

Proponents of Initiative 82 in the District of Columbia have submitted 34,000 voter signatures – over 8,000 more than required – to place the ballot initiative on the June primary ballot eliminating the tipped wage in the Nation’s Capital and forcing employers to pay the full DC minimum wage beginning in 2027. Currently, the minimum…

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Federal Contractor Wage Rising

For those who may operate Dunkin’ stores on federal property, associated labor costs will be rising again with the implementation of a federal employee and contractor minimum wage increase to $15 per hour no later than Sunday, January 30, 2022.  The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released guidance last week directing all government agencies to…

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Minimum Wage Hikes to Note

We believe this an important issue and want to keep top of mind within our membership, so a few weeks ago, we advised you of many of the minimum wage increases scheduled to take effect with the arrival of 2022 tomorrow. In that vein, our friends at the Economic Policy Institute have released the Current…

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