PA 08-113—sSB 55
Labor and Public Employees Committee
Government Administration and Elections Committee
AN ACT CONCERNING THE TIP CREDIT
SUMMARY: Effective January 1, 2009, this act increases the minimum wage tip credit for hotel and restaurant employers from 8. 2% to 11% for bartenders and from 29. 3% to 31% for service employees (e. g. , waiters and waitresses). The tip credit allows hotels and restaurants to pay service employees and bartenders, who customarily and regularly receive tips, less than minimum wage as long as tips make up the difference. Under the act, a hotel or restaurant can pay (1) a bartender 11% less than minimum wage and (2) a waiter or waitress 31% less than minimum wage.
EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2008
Be a sport.
Step up or don't go out.
Coffee at a lunch counter (under $5) tip 50 - 60 %
Otherwise 25 - 30% or more if you don't drink as that drags your check average down.