Bill would hike tipped minimum wage

Maryland state lawmakers are considering a bill to put more money into the pockets of restaurant workers. House Bill 803 would give restaurant servers a base hourly wage of $15, plus tips. It's volume that determines a good payday for servers at Chick & Ruth's Delly in Annapolis, who earn $3.63 an hour plus tips. Under the bill, businesses must also complete equity training and certify that it does not include the current tip credit amount as part of employee wages. The tip credit is the difference between the current minimum wage and the hourly base of $3.63, which the employer is obligated to pay.