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In hiking the minimum wage, don't leave tipped workers behind

In hiking the minimum wage, don't leave tipped workers behind

Who is responsible for paying a worker's wage? The business owner or the customer? That question is at the heart of a debate over whether business owners in California should be able to pay their tipped workers a lower minimum wage. The restaurant industry has been lobbying hard both at the state Capitol and at L.A.'s City Hall to convince lawmakers that proposals to raise the minimum wage should exempt waiters, bartenders, valet parking attendants and other tipped employees who generally supplement their base pay with gratuities. Instead, restaurateurs are pushing for a “total compensation model,” in which they would be allowed to pay a lower wage with the expectation...

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