Oped Archive (Page 3)

  • Sexual Harassment Is Awful. But It Has Nothing To Do With Tipping.

    March 2018 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Forbes.com

    Does the option to leave a gratuity for a waiter or waitress encourage customers to sexually harass these employees? That's the message currently being promoted by the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC), and echoed in dozens of recent news articles. It's a popular talking point. But it's not worth the paper it's written on. ROC is a controversial labor advocacy organization with its own history of alleged bad behavior; it was […]
  • The Case Against Florida Cities Joining The ‘Fight For $15’

    March 2018 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Forbes

    Should Florida’s cities join the Fight for $15? Florida’s legal statutes--not to mention its courts—prohibit localities from setting a wage floor above the state requirement of $8.25 per hour. But the labor groups behind the Fight for $15 are nothing if not determined, and this month renewed their argument for local wage ordinances in Florida with an unusual poll asking voters for their legal interpretation of this issue. Setting aside the […]
  • California’s cautionary tale for New York restaurants

    February 2018 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Crain's New York Business

    A proposal from Gov. Andrew Cuomo to eliminate New York’s tip credit has worried restaurateurs, who are already reeling from recent wage hikes. Cuomo counsel Alphonso David recently dismissed these concerns by pointing west. “California, as an example, does not have a tipped wage, and the sky didn’t fall,” he said at a Crain’s forum. David might want to take a closer look at the data. For many […]
  • No, Donald Trump Is Not Trying To Steal Servers’ Tips

    February 2018 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Forbes

    Late last year, President Trump's Labor Department published a proposed rule that would permit back-of-the-house restaurant staff (e.g. dishwashers or cooks) to participate in a workplace tip pool under certain conditions. Labor groups cried foul, claiming it would allow restaurants to "legally steal" tips. (There's a contradiction in terms!) The truth is far less controversial. Let's go through the claims one-by-one: CLAIM: The Trump Labor Department wants to undo "40 years" of precedent […]
  • Report on minimum wage gets it all wrong

    February 2018 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  The Gazette

    It’s deja vu all over again in Johnson County. County leaders tout a new and misleading report as proof that their recent experiment with a higher minimum wage benefited local businesses. Of course, basic economics holds that buyers generally demand less of a product when the price of the product increases, and higher minimum wages make labor more expensive. But Johnson County leaders ignore this principle, […]
  • Minimal support for raising Utah’s minimum wage

    February 2018 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Deseret News

    Twenty states raised their minimum wages at the start of 2018, and Utah Rep. Lynn Hemingway, D-Millcreek, has announced plans for a similar push in the Beehive State. However well-intentioned, Hemingway’s simple solution to force employers to pay more isn’t the right one. Hemingway has proposed raising Utah’s minimum wage immediately to $10.25 per hour — a 41 percent increase. The wage mandate would rise further […]