SENATE BILL 5523
State of Washington 52nd Legislature 1991 Regular Session
By Senators West, McDonald, Matson, Vognild, Newhouse, Anderson, McMullen, Williams, Amondson and von Reichbauer.
Read first time February 5, 1991. Referred to Committee on Commerce & Labor.
AN ACT Relating to crediting tips for state minimum wage requirements; and amending RCW 49.46.020 and 49.46.150.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. RCW 49.46.020 and 1989 c 1 s 2 (Initiative Measure No. 518) are each amended to read as follows:
Every employer shall pay to each of his or her employees who has reached the
age of eighteen years wages at a rate of not less than ((
three dollars and
eighty-five cents per hour except as may be otherwise provided under this
section. Beginning January 1, 1990, the state minimum wage shall be)) four
dollars and twenty-five cents per hour, except as otherwise authorized under
(2) (a) For the purposes of this section, to determine the wage of a tipped employee, the amount paid to the employee by his or her employer shall be deemed to be increased on account of tips by an amount determined by the employer, subject to the following limitations:
(i) The amount of increase for tips shall not exceed the amount of tips reported to the employer by the employee for federal income tax purposes, or the amount allocated by the employer as income of the employee for federal income tax purposes in lieu of the employee reporting tips;
(ii) The amount of increase for tips determined by the employer in lieu of the employee reporting tips shall not exceed the value of tips actually received by the employee; and
(iii) The amount of increase for tips shall not exceed fifty percent of the minimum wage required under this chapter.
(b) This subsection shall not apply to a tipped employee unless the employee has been notified by his or her employer of the provisions of this subsection and the employee has retained all tips received by the employee. Nothing in this subdivision (b) shall be construed to prohibit the pooling of tips among employees who customarily and regularly receive tips.
(3) The director shall by regulation establish the minimum wage for employees under the age of eighteen years. For tipped employees under the age of eighteen years, the regulations shall allow a method of computing the minimum wage that takes into account tips received by the employee in a manner consistent with subsection (2) of this section.
(4) For the purposes of this section, "tipped employee" means an employee employed in an occupation in which he or she customarily and regularly receives or is allocated more than thirty dollars per month in tips.
Sec. 2. RCW 49.46.150 and 1989 c 1 s 4 (Initiative Measure No. 518) are each amended to read as follows:
January 1, 1991, and)) Prior to January 1 of each odd-numbered year
(( thereafter)), the office of financial management shall review the
state minimum wage and make recommendations to the legislature and the governor
regarding its increase. The report shall include recommendations regarding
the computation of the state minimum wage for tipped employees under RCW