March 29, 2024

EPI Warns Rhode Island Lawmakers: Tip Credit Elimination is a Lose-Lose-Lose Situation

This week, the Rhode Island House Labor Committee heard public testimony on House Bill 7531, a bill that would eliminate Rhode Island’s tip credit and raise the base wage for tipped restaurant workers by over 300 percent by 2028. State lawmakers killed a similar bill last year after hearing…
Illinois March 22, 2024

Chicago Restaurants Are Already Bracing for Upcoming Wage Hikes

On July 1, Chicago will begin eliminating its tip credit, raising the minimum wage for tipped restaurant employees from $9.48 to $15.80 per hour (smaller businesses with less than 20 employees are currently subject to a $15 per hour regular minimum wage). Similar to the aftermath in the District…
March 15, 2024

Ahead of Hearing, Massachusetts Employees Want to Save The Tip Credit

In Massachusetts this week, state lawmakers heard testimony on a proposed measure that would eliminate the tip credit statewide. If lawmakers don’t act on this proposal, it could end up on the ballot this November. But tipped servers and bartenders in the Commonwealth say they don’t want the current…
March 8, 2024

New Government Data Shows Initiative 82 is Hurting DC

It’s no secret the latest anti-tip credit experiment in the District of Columbia is devastating the restaurant industry. In fact, city councilmembers voted this week on a so-called “Restaurant Revitalization” bill as restaurants beg for relief. The actual provisions in the bill were dubbed “sweet and sour” – as…
March 1, 2024

Connecticut Employees Don’t Want Changes to the Tip Credit

This week, One Fair Wage and aligned state lawmakers held a press conference rallying for Connecticut SB 221, which would eliminate the state tip credit by 2027. Not only is this bill capable of causing serious harm to Connecticut’s tipped employees and restaurants, tipped servers and bartenders themselves reject the…
February 23, 2024

NY’s Ill-Advised “One Fair Wage” Bill Isn’t What Workers Want

New York lawmakers reintroduced a so-called “One Fair Wage” bill earlier this year, threatening to eliminate the state tip credit in just a few years. If enacted, the bill would raise the base wage for tipped restaurant workers from $10 per hour upstate and $10.65 per hour downstate up…
February 16, 2024

Listen to Maryland Employees: Save the Tip Credit

Earlier this month, over a hundred local employees filed into a Maryland Senate Finance Committee hearing between shifts – pleading with state lawmakers to preserve the existing tip credit system. Despite such a cold reception to a policy that’s been reintroduced by progressive lawmakers for years, House Delegate Adrian…
February 9, 2024

UPDATE: New State Wage Hikes Could Kill Roughly 212K Jobs

As state legislatures start off the new year, lawmakers have been quick to jump on new minimum wage hike proposals, including bills that would eliminate state tip credits. The research on potential impacts of these bills is clear: they employees by reducing employment opportunities, limiting earnings, and forcing businesses to…
February 2, 2024

New Anti-Tip Credit Bill Would Turn Maryland Into D.C. Disaster

This week, the Maryland Senate Finance Committee heard public testimony on SB 160, a bill that would eliminate Maryland’s tip credit and raise the base wage for tipped restaurant workers by over 300 percent by 2027. The bill mirrors legislation from last year that died in the committee after restaurant…
January 26, 2024

San Francisco “Among the Toughest Places” to Run A Restaurant

It’s no secret that California and its flagship cities have become notorious for burdensome mandates. California also has the highest state minimum wage in the nation at $16 per hour effective January, with many of its cities raising rates even higher. San Francisco currently requires a minimum wage of $18.07…