Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor & Industry is proposing improvements to the state’s minimum wage and overtime law that would greatly affect restaurant workers (particularly tipped workers) by ensuring that employees rightfully receive the wages and tips that they earn.
All workers in Pennsylvania need to be fairly paid for their labor and these proposed improvements will do this by updating the rules governing tipped workers, increasing workers’ earnings, and making sure that the income that tipped workers rely on (and legally belongs to them) is not unfairly taken by employers and managers.
Right now, the Department of Labor & Industry is accepting public comments, which will help shape their finalized rule. We need to urge them to protect Pennsylvania’s tipped workers wages and income by implementing these regulations. The deadline to submit comments is December 20, 2021.
As a restaurant worker, I support the proposed improvements to Pennsylvania’s minimum wage and overtime law that would greatly affect tipped workers by ensuring that employees rightfully receive the wages and tips that they earn.
While it is still unfortunately legal for employers to pay us as little as $2.83 per hour, the cost of doing business should not be passed along to those being paid the lowest wages. It is not fair to us, the workers, that restaurants can legally take a portion of our tips to pay credit card fees and we should not have to endure hours of side work that does not result in earning tips without being paid a full wage. Employers must also be doing their due diligence of informing their customers that the services fees that are included on certain bills are not actually tips being paid to us.
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