Rep. Antonio Introduces Tip Fairness Act
Bill would restore fair wages for restaurant employees

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) Wednesday introduced and offered sponsor testimony on the Tip Fairness Act, House Bill 534, legislation prohibiting employers from requiring employees to participate in tip pools. Currently, restaurants throughout Ohio use this business practice, which takes a percentage of a server’s gross sales during a shift to ensure that other employees’ wages reach minimum wage.  

“This legislation would correct an injustice that wait staff face,” said Rep. Antonio. “We should grow our economy by offering sound business practices that respect workers rather than allow exploitive policies that would have workers picking up the tab for restaurant companies.”

Under this current business practice, a percentage of the gross sales of each check from the restaurant’s patrons is automatically taken to pay bartenders, hosts and bussers. If a server is not given a tip for their service, they automatically pay out-of-pocket that percentage from the gross sales of the customer’s bill to other employees, essentially requiring servers to pay to wait on tables. Tip pooling is also commonly used to provide less than minimum wage to employees. Tip pooling has allowed companies to change the hourly pay for bartenders, hosts and bussers that once made minimum wage along with tips. 

Ohio is silent with respect to tip pooling; therefore, many restaurants have taken advantage of the practice.

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Antonio Responds To Latest Ohio Opioid Crisis Report


The lead Democrat on the Ohio House’s Health Committee, Democratic Whip and state Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), today responded to the latest dire report on Ohio’s statewide opioid overdose and addiction emergency.

The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences released the report “Taking Measure of Ohio’s Opioid Crisis” Tuesday, highlighting the grim realities many in the state are experiencing, but also making a case for greater treatment access and expanded educational and economic opportunities for Ohioans.

“This report confirms that treatment is necessary to stem the tide of this opioid crisis, and clearly we do not have enough treatment options currently available,” said Antonio. “We can do better. We must do better. Taxpayers deserve better economic opportunities, a strong and affordable educational foundation, and greater access to healthcare services – all things that we know will prevent opioid addiction and abuse.”

The report points to low education levels and limited job opportunities as central underlying causes of opioid abuse.