WORKING EXTRA DURING MARDI GRAS? PROTECT YOURSELF & YOUR WAGES
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“As it stands, only seven states require employers to pay tipped workers the same minimum wage as nontipped workers. The federal minimum wage for the latter is $7.25, but the federal minimum wage for tipped workers has remained stagnate at $2.13 since 1991, with no adjustment for inflation. Employers are supposed to make up the difference if tipped workers aren’t earning the regular minimum wage through their tips, but it doesn’t always happen. The Economic Policy Institute found in 2011 that tipped workers are more than twice as likely as other workers to fall under the federal poverty line.
“The Minimum Wage Fairness Act, which Obama endorsed, would have gradually raised tipped workers’ minimum wage to 70 percent of the regular minimum wage. But the bill has faced steep opposition from Republicans and the restaurant lobby. According to Open Secrets, the National Restaurant Association, which opposed the minimum-wage hike, spent more than $2.2 million on lobbying last year.”
Read more here.
“New report shows that while restaurant executives are fighting living wages for their workers, they’re also benefiting from tax subsidies for their own pay. Major restaurant chains have come under increasing criticism for paying workers so little that they need to rely on public assistance. What’s less well known is that taxpayers are also subsidizing these corporations’ executive compensation.”
Find the full report here.
“A popular chain of sports bars based in Philadelphia has agreed to pay $6.8 million in back wages and damages for improperly taking tips from waiters and bartenders and for violating minimum wage and overtime laws, the Labor Department announced Thursday.
“The department said that Chickie’s & Pete’s, which has nine sports bars in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, illegally underpaid and took a percentage of tips from 1,159 servers.”
Read the full story on the NYTimes website here.
Do you work for tips? Is your employer paying you correctly? If you aren’t sure, visit the Department of Labor website here or call the Workplace Justice Project at 504-861-5571.