PA to Raise Minimum Wage Threshold for Tipped Workers

Restaurant workers in PA...rejoice? ๐Ÿ’ PA officials just voted unanimously to adjust the minimum wage threshold for all tipped workers. This is the first time any adjustments for inflation were made since the late 70's. Groovy, baby. ๐Ÿ‘ฏ

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Changes are set to go into effect over the next several months. The officials pushing the new changes think they deserve a pat on the back; critics aren't all that thrilled.ย 

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Hereโ€™s Five Fast Facts on the new wages for tipped workers:

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  1. ๐Ÿด Just The Tip: Currently, tipped workers in PA receive $2.83/hour minimum wage if they make over $30 in tips per month. Anything under that and the worker would receive an hourly rate of $7.25.
  2. ๐ŸŽˆ๐Ÿ“ˆ Because, Inflation: The new rule increases the threshold from $30 per month to $135 a month to adjust for inflation.ย 
  3. ๐Ÿ’ฒ Tipped Over: The rule also includes new criteria for who exactly is considered a tipped worker. Going forward, tipped employees have to spend at least 80% of their time at work doing tip-related activities.ย 
  4. ๐Ÿบ A Win for Wolf?: PA officials are looking at this adjustment as a big win. PA Governor Tom Wolf has been trying to make the change since he took office in 2015.
  5. ๐Ÿ˜‘Or A Slap In The Face: Tipped workers are calling the threshold increase meaningless, saying it's rare for a worker to earn the difference or to even be aware of the rule in the first place. Also, the new criteria for tipped workers has some employees worried it will take away opportunity and income.

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๐Ÿ”ฅBottom line: PA's minimum wage for non-tipped employees already gets criticism for being too low to make an honest living. While it's good that this threshold was finally given some attention, critics are left with a whole lot more to desire.ย 

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