Policy Brief

The Right to a Living Wage for Restaurant Workers: The Role of Service Charge Regulation

Service charge regulations can help close an existing loophole within California’s labor code.

September 28, 2017

By Sarah Ting, MPP

We wish to acknowledge the work of the UC Berkeley International Human Rights Law Clinic, the UC Berkeley Food Labor Research Center, and the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United. These groups contributed to Working Below the Line, a report analyzing the impact of the subminimum wage on tipped restaurant workers that was funded by the Berkeley Food Institute and is referenced in this policy brief.