Minimum wage; tipped employees, classification. (HB56)

Introduced By

Del. Lee Carter (D-Manassas) with support from co-patron Del. Chris Hurst (D-Blacksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Minimum wage; tipped employees; classification. Prohibits an employer from classifying an individual as a tipped employee if the individual is prohibited by applicable federal or state law or regulation from soliciting tips. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


11/30/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100830D
11/30/2019Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/16/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB56)
01/16/2020Reported from Labor and Commerce with amendments (18-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2020Read first time
01/21/2020Read second time
01/21/2020Committee amendments agreed to
01/21/2020Engrossed by House as amended HB56E
01/21/2020Printed as engrossed 20100830D-E
01/22/2020Read third time and passed House (86-Y 14-N)
01/22/2020VOTE: Passage (86-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
01/23/2020Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/30/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB56E)
03/02/2020Reported from Commerce and Labor (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Read third time
03/05/2020Passed Senate (27-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Passed Senate (23-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
03/12/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB56ER)
03/12/2020Signed by Speaker
03/12/2020Signed by President
03/13/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB56ER)
03/17/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 17, 2020
03/17/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/11/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1145 (effective 7/1/20)
04/11/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1145)


Bill P writes:

Why not let employers and workers negotiate wages?

Derek S., tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

I would rather see tipped employees make minimum wage or more, and do away with tipping in general as a result.

However, there are employers that simply won't budge on what they're willing to pay employees for their work, and quitting or finding work elsewhere doesn't solve the problem. Making this a law just might.

I say this deserves to be passed.