NH House balks at converting workers' pay status

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Posted: Jan 11, 2012 11:14 AM
NH House balks at converting workers' pay status

New Hampshire's House is balking at no longer guaranteeing card and game room dealers the minimum wage in charitable games.

The House voted 180-169 against converting the workers to tipped wage employees, then voted to postpone further action on the bill.

Under the bill, the workers would receive a base rate from their employer of not less than 45 percent of the minimum wage, which currently is $7.25 per hour.

State Rep. Jeffrey Goley, a Manchester Democrat, said that is a $4 hourly cut in pay to workers who aren't guaranteed tips.

But state Rep. Will Infantine, a Manchester Republican, said workers who used to be volunteers are now part or full-time dealers and should be treated like others in the hospitality industry.