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D.C. Council Delays Increase to Tipped Minimum Wage

The Washington, D.C. Council (the Council) has yet again taken action to delay enforcement of Initiative 82, the District’s new law to eliminate the use of the “tip credit” for certain service industry employees by July 1, 2027.

As we previously reported, Initiative 82 outlines a series of increases to the tipped minimum wage beginning on January 1, 2023. Before it could become law, however, Initiative 82, like most legislation in the District, was subject to federal Congressional review. Due to the delay in selecting federal Congressional leadership earlier this year, Initiative 82 could not be transmitted to Congress for review prior to the first proposed wage increase scheduled for January 1, 2023. As a result, the Council adopted emergency legislation postponing the initial increase of the tipped minimum wage from January 1 to May 1, 2023 (the Emergency Amendment).

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