May 3, 2024

CA Service Charge Ban Will Only Exacerbate Existing Pain for Restaurants

This week, California Attorney General Rob Bonta appeared to settle a months-long debate over whether or not restaurants will be subject to a newly enacted law banning “junk fees.” Bonta’s office said automatic service charges on restaurant checks would not be permitted under the law in a statement to…
April 26, 2024

Oklahoma $15 Wage Ballot Measure Could Kill Over 12,000 Jobs

After a delay in the state courts, an Oklahoma ballot proposal for a statewide $15 minimum wage has received a green light to move forward. The measure requires roughly 92,000 signatures to qualify for November’s ballot. If it passes this mark, it will be up for voters to decide. If…
April 16, 2024

New England Data Suggests Rhode Island Should Maintain Its Current Tip Credit

Economic analysis spanning decades of data shows raising tipped minimum wage requirements (slashing tip credits) brings consequences for servers’ and bartenders’ jobs and income, and restaurants’ ability to keep their doors open. Recently, anti-tip credit activists have targeted various states across the country, including several neighboring states in New England.
April 12, 2024

D.C. Tipped Worker Warns New York, Other States Against Tip Credit Elimination

It’s no secret tip credit elimination has already wreaked havoc on the nation’s capital: employment is down in full-service restaurants, tips are disappearing, and restaurants are looking for ways to move out or change their operations. Yet the same activists are looking to bring the same bad policy around the…
April 5, 2024

In Just One Week, California’s $20 Minimum Wage Is Already a Disaster

State legislators and Governor Gavin Newsom have pushed California’s fast food industry into free fall, and it’s only been one week since the new $20 minimum wage mandate went into effect. Since April 1, headlines have flurried out of California documenting the bloodbath local franchisees are experiencing. The $20 minimum…
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…