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States Look at Eliminating Lower Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers

 Forty-three states currently allow restaurant operators to pay employees who receive tips, such as waiters and bartenders, less than the state minimum wage, with the minimum hourly rate for such tipped workers set by the federal government at $2.13. This year 12 states introduced legislation requiring all restaurant workers to be paid the standard minimum wage, according to Teófilo Reyes, national research director for the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, which advocates for restaurant workers. Michigan voters will consider a ballot measure in November that would phase out that state’s tipped minimum wage by 2024. New York’s labor commissioner has also held hearings on eliminating the tipped minimum wage there.