Michigan Minimum at Appeals Court

Earlier this week, the Michigan Court of Appeals heard oral arguments over a Court of Claims decision rendered earlier this year that voided a legislative amendment to a 2018 ballot measure and reinstated the ballot measure. The ballot question mandated a $12 per hour minimum wage and phases out the current tip credit, so the…

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Election Notes

As we reach the final weekend before the critical midterm elections, it’s interesting to note who’s becoming active on which issues around the country. Of particular note, two-time presidential candidate former US Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made a last-minute endorsement of the ballot measure to raise the Portland Maine minimum wage…

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Michigan Minimum and Tipped Wages

It seems the closer the midterm elections get, the more “business-friendly” some elected officials become. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is a prime and recent example. It seems Governor Whitmer, who has long been a proponent of increasing minimum wages in the Wolverine State, is now urging caution over reinstating a $12 minimum wage. The Michigan…

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2022 Ballot Questions: Minimum Wages

With only a few weeks remaining before the critical midterm election on November 8, we again want to highlight some of the ballot questions that will be decided around the country, with this week’s focus on labor issues in general, and minimum wage hikes in particular. A ballot initiative in Nebraska would raise the state…

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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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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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An Update on Minimum Wages

Legislation has been approved by the Hawaiian Senate – and a slightly different version was given preliminary approval in the House – both of which will kick up the minimum wage in the Aloha State to $18/hour over the next few years. Currently, the state minimum is $10.10 per hour, but that will change rather…

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Attacking the Tip Credit

Massachusetts lawmakers are now considering legislation that would phase out the state tipped minimum wage and mandate one uniform minimum wage by 2028. Under the legislation filed by Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier (Pittsfield), the current tipped worker wage of $5.55 (and slated to rise to $6.75 by 2023) would be phased out as the tipped wage…

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OMB Completes Review of DOL Tip Rule

Last week, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) completed its review of a new proposed DOL Tipping Regulation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) – the last step in the review process before a new regulation is published in the Federal Register. The regulation will tighten the rules that govern how…

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States Codifying 80/20 Rule

Almost a full year and a half ago, the US Department of Labor (DOL) officially rid the federal regulatory bureaucracy of the so-called 80/20 Rule, which governed minimum wage calculations and requirements for tipped employees when they perform ‘non-tip’ functions. Since then however, individual states have sought to adopt their own versions of the 80/20…

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