Utah lawmakers kill bill to raise pay for tipped workers
Utah lawmakers kill bill to raise
pay for tipped workers
Utah lawmakers have rejected a proposal requiring that workers who depend on tips be paid the state's general minimum wage.
The House Business and Labour Standing Committee voted 4-8 yesterday to kill the proposal.
The proposal from Justin Miller of Salt Lake City would have raised the pay of tipped workers from $2.13 hourly to $7.25 an hour.
Restaurant and hospitality officials told lawmakers that business owners already take steps to ensure no employee earns less than $7.25 an hour.
Miller argued that the take-home pay for tipped workers can be unpredictable and that many such workers live in poverty.
Seven states require that employers pay tipped workers the full minimum wage.