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  • Employment Policies Institute Warns Against Tip Credit Elimination Proposals in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties

    October 2023

    Arlington, Va – This month, two counties in Maryland will consider measures to eliminate the tip credit for bar and restaurant workers. On Thursday, Prince George’s County Council (Oct. 12) will hold a public hearing on a proposed measure to eliminate the tip credit. Next week (Tues. Oct. 17), Montgomery County will do the same.  The Employment Policies Institute (EPI) urges both Councils to listen to the…
  • City Council Chooses Politics Over Tipped Employees: Vote to Eliminate Chicago’s Tip Credit Will Decimate Tips, Restaurant Jobs

    October 2023

    Arlington, Va. – On Friday, Chicago City Council is expected to vote to eliminate the city’s tip credit, raising the tipped minimum wage by 66 percent. Enacting tip credit elimination represents a stark ignorance for the economists, restaurant operators, and employees who have warned the city about the demonstrated consequences of this misguided policy. Michael Saltsman, executive director of the Employment Policies Institute, said of the news: …
  • Tip Credit Elimination in Montgomery County Would Cost Employees Thousands in Earnings

    September 2023

    Arlington, Va. — On Tuesday, members of the Montgomery County Council are expected to introduce a bill to eliminate the tip credit countywide, raising the minimum wage for tipped restaurant employees by over 300 percent. This harmful policy has been rejected twice in recent years by Democrats in the state legislature. Ahead of the bill’s introduction, Rebekah Paxton, Director of Research at the Employment Policies Institute (EPI), released the following…
  • Unions Demand GOP Candidates Support Job-Killing Wage Hikes

    August 2023

    Arlington, Va. – Ahead of the first Republican presidential primary debate, organizers with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Fight for $15 are threatening to protest the venue. Yet the Fight for 15’s namesake policy to raise minimum wages has drawn bipartisan opposition and would cause significant job loss and earnings loss for affected employees.  Now another progressive push for a $17 federal minimum wage is…
  • Bernie Sanders’ $17 Minimum Wage Proposal Could Cost Up to 1.7M Jobs: New Employment Policies Institute Study Released Ahead of Expected July Introduction of New $17 Minimum Wage Bill

    July 2023

    Arlington, Va. – Today, the Employment Policies Institute released a new report detailing the estimated job loss impacts of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ proposed $17 federal minimum wage bill, which he is expected to introduce in July. The report finds that a $17 regular minimum wage would result in over 1.2 million jobs lost across the country, and further eliminating the federal tip credit would slash another 447,000…
  • DC’s Second Wage Hike This Year Will Double Pain for Restaurants

    June 2023

    While District of Columbia residents celebrate the Independence Day holiday weekend, the city’s restaurants will be quietly saddled with yet another minimum wage hike. On July 1, D.C. will raise the tipped minimum wage again up to $8 per hour, after a previous increase to $6 per hour just two months ago. For restaurants, this is a 33 percent increase in their wage bill, and represents a…