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  •  CO min wage is now $7.36; tipped wage $4.34 (2+ / 0-)
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    elfling, Bill O Rights

    The law was changed a few years ago to require min wage to adjust with inflation. It went down last year, but it's back up this year.

    I own a restaurant and my tipped employees consistently earn $15-$20/hour - servers often make more. Our entry level hourly (non-tipped) staff are paid $10/hour. (We operate in a resort area.)

    I feel we take the high road with wages and overtime, etc. and follow the law. However, we no longer offer health insurance.  We did for quite awhile but not many signed up.

     On average, our workers earned $14.43/hour last year-including reported tips. That amounts to a $30k/year income, if they all worked full-time. Our biz continues to be down 23% from 2007/2008 pre-recession levels.

    We offer paid vacation for full time staff that meet min hours. We don't pay sick pay.

    Most restaurant owners I know - locally and throughout the US take the high road.  But there are some ...

    META NOTE TO MB: the link to the study sight didn't work.

    The USA will host the World Alpine Ski Championships on Feb. 3-15, 2015 in Vail/Beaver Creek, Colorado. This is my hometown!

    by greenchiledem on Wed Feb 16, 2011 at 07:54:12 PM PST

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