June 28, 2018

July 1st Minimum Wage Increases: What You Need to Know

On July 1st, eighteen states and locales will see mid-year minimum wage hikes. Ten cities in California alone will see minimum wage increases, despite evidence that previous minimum wage increases have decreased employment opportunities in industries with a higher…
June 17, 2018

Does Raising The Minimum Wage Worsen Poverty For The Disadvantaged?

Decades of economic research and policymaking have focused on minimum wages, tax credits, and welfare programs as essential tools to improve the lives of struggling and disadvantaged Americans. In this new study, economists David Neumark and Brittany Bass of the University of California, Irvine, and Brian Asquith of the…
June 1, 2018

EEOC Data Debunks Claimed Link Between Tip Credits And Sexual Harassment

Perhaps the most-popular argument for eliminating the tip credit is the claim that states without one have half the rate of restaurant sexual harassment as those states that do. Earlier this year, the Employment Policies Institute released a report-length examination of the problems…
New Jersey May 21, 2018

Fight for $15 in New Jersey is a Fight Against Teen Employment

New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy has his sights set on gradually raising the state’s minimum wage from $8.60 to $15 an hour.  But many small business owners fear that customers will question whether it’s worth paying more for virtually the same customer experience. “It would…
Michigan, News May 15, 2018

Let Michigan Servers Keep Their Tips

This fall, Michigan voters may consider a ballot proposal to further increase the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour—a 30 percent increase over the state’s current minimum wage. However, included in this proposal is a far more radical policy change—the elimination of the tip credit, effectively raising the tipped…
New York April 12, 2018

ROC Wants To Destroy New York’s “System of Tipping”

A full-page ad in today’s New York Post exposes the true motives behind the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) and its push to eliminate the tip credit. (For those not acquainted with the tip credit debate, a primer is available here.) ROC’s founder, Saru Jayaraman, has been a long-time…
New York, Research March 2, 2018

What Cuomo Gets Wrong about the Tipped Wage

Governor Andrew Cuomo is eager to abolish New York’s tipped wage. So eager, in fact, that he’s willing to justify his agenda with false data analysis from the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC). A new policy brief from the Employment Policies Institute outlines the problems with eliminating tip wages and explains…
News, Texas January 19, 2018

The Tipped-Wage Beer in Texas

Something odd is brewing in Texas. Oasis Texas Brewing Company will release a new pale ale named “$2.13” on January 26th to “bring awareness to the fact that these servers and bartenders in the service industry are making $2.13 an hour,”…
News January 15, 2018

New Year’s Wage Hikes Bring Big Consequences

We’ve chronicled the consequences of a $15 minimum wage our website Faces of $15. Less than two weeks into 2018, the list of tragic stories keeps growing. With Ontario, Canada’s minimum wage rising to $14 an hour, franchisees of Canadian coffee favorite Tim Horton’s…
News December 28, 2017

The Unnecessary Fight for $15

The Trump administration’s tax overhaul prompted Wells Fargo and Fifth Third Bancorp to raise their minimum wages to $15 per hour. OceanFirst Financial Corp., a New Jersey bank, and three of the biggest banks in Hawaii—…