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Bill would increase wages, tip credit

The credit would not apply unless workers earn at least $7 an hour above minimum wage

By Derrick DePledge

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 03, 2014

~~<p>The state House Finance Committee on Wednesday drafted a new minimum wage bill that would increase the wage to $10 an hour by January 2018 and expand a tip credit to 75 cents. But businesses would not be able to deduct the tip credit unless workers earn at least $7 an hour above the minimum wage, a threshold meant to protect the lowest-paid workers.</p>
<p>Rep. Sylvia Luke, chairwoman of the committee, described the bill as the &quot;best that we can do at the moment,&quot; adding, &quot;We do want to help both the employees and also the restaurant employers. We're hoping that this will provide balance.&quot;</p>
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The state House Finance Committee on Wednesday drafted a new minimum wage bill that would increase the wage to $10 an hour by January 2018 and expand a tip credit to 75 cents. But businesses would not be able to deduct the tip credit unless workers earn at least $7 an hour above the minimum wage, a threshold meant to protect the lowest-paid workers.

Rep. Sylvia Luke, chairwoman of the committee, described the bill as the "best that we can do at the moment," adding, "We do want to help both the employees and also the restaurant employers. We're hoping that this will provide balance." Login for more...



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