Pennsylvania makes changes to how restaurant workers are tipped

A new law will begin in Pennsylvania on Friday that could bring in more money for tipped employees, such as restaurant servers.

The new rules include increasing the amount of hourly wages depending on how many tips an employee gives, and stopping companies from slapping employees with compensation when someone puts the tip on a credit card.

“It’s a lot of fun for me. I have a job and for me it’s like depending on tips, so this will definitely help,” said Henry Cissel.

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When it comes to what’s known as “tip pooling,” the new rules make it very clear that in order to share the wealth, someone has to help with the actual work, such as arranging a table and not just supervising.

“People think the tip only goes to the waitress when it doesn’t. We tip the busser or a food runner or a bartender. Sometimes the host depends on where you are, so it doesn’t just go to us, so absolutely, it’s a good thing,” Rita added.

It was 1977 when the last changes were made to the way people are paid in bars and restaurants.

“I love it. I think it’s the best thing we can do to take care of the people who work for us in restaurants. They deserve it. They work hard, much harder than many of us and they don’t for it get paid, so they deserve it,” explains Shari Cissel.

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