Senate Hearing Held on Tip-dependent Employees
SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico’s Labor and Economic Development (DDEC by its Spanish initials) departments were testifying before the Senate Consumer Affairs and Job Creation Committee, chaired by Luis Daniel Rivera, on employees who live off tips.
Monday’s is one of the public hearings carried out on Senate Bill 1305, which seeks to amend Act 180 of 1998, or the Puerto Rico Minimum Wage, Vacation and Sick Leave Act.
The measure, authored by Rivera, seeks to raise the minimum wage for tipped employees.
“These hearings are designed to let consumers know that tips are part of employees’ salary, and in keeping with the law, provide fairness to people who work for gratuities and currently earn $2.13 an hour. What we want is that the salary of people who work for tips amount to $4.90 an hour, as is the case in some U.S. states,” the senator explained.