On November 25, Denver City Council voted to approve the proposed minimum wage increase. Under this proposal, Denver's minimum wage will increase over three years at the following intervals:
To $12.85 an hour on Jan. 1, 2020
To $14.77 an hour on Jan. 1, 2021
To $15.87 an hour on Jan. 1, 2022
Annual adjustments based on the Consumer Price Index each year thereafter.
Since the tip credit is set at $3.02 in state law, this means tipped wage will rise at the following intervals:
To $9.83 an hour on Jan. 1, 2020
To $11.75 an hour on Jan. 1, 2021
To $12.85 an hour on Jan. 1, 2022
This isn't over yet. We know that the new minimum wage in Denver is going to hurt Denver’s restaurants. We’re working on options in the State Legislature, including a fix to the tip credit. Without fixing the tip credit, this proposal will substantially worsen the disparity in earnings between the front and back of the house. And it's essential that we fix this as other cities around the state begin the process of raising the minimum wage.
For now, Denver restaurateurs should prepare to comply with the wage change on January 1, 2020.
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