Bill could increase minimum wage for workers who earn tips
TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers are considering a bill that would increase the minimum wage for those who earn tips.
Currently, the minimum wage for most workers in New Jersey is $8.25 an hour. However, the current wage is only $2.13 an hour for workers who also earn tips, like restaurant servers and bartenders. The rest of the salary comes from tips.
Minimum wage for wait staff would more than double to almost $6 an hour if the bill is approved.
The bill still needs to pass through both houses of the Legislature and be signed by the governor to become law.
If approved, the bill would make the tipped wage 69 percent of the state's minimum wage.