The New Jersey Department of Labor (NJDOL) has proposed new regulations that would revise the definition of “wages” in the Garden State to exclude “tips” from an employer’s obligation relating minimum wages. Under the proposed regulations, a “tipped employee is any employee engaged in an occupation in which he or she customarily and regularly receives more than $30 a month in tips.” The proposal sets the cash minimum that the employer must pay an employee in order for the employer to utilize the tip credit (on a workweek basis) against the minimum wage increases through 2024. If an employer doesn’t utilize the tip credit, then he/she must pay the applicable minimum wage, regardless of how much the employee may receive in tips. In addition, the proposed rule reinstates the 80/20 rule within the state of New Jersey that the federal DOL eliminated as described in the above paragraph.