As the new year rolled in, so too did a renewed hope that full minimum wage would be required for all tipped earners. Since the start of the pandemic, there has been an uptick in states reconsidering the standard wage for those in the service industry. The push for the wage change has been championed by restaurant, hotel, and other employees who rely upon gratuity in order to make ends meet. The amount of tip credit a state allows now has been decreasing over the years. As of 2021, 16 states have fully abolished the tip credit for tipped workers. This means that employers must pay tipped workers the full minimum wage before any gratuity is added. What’s more is that an additional 12 states are considering regulations that would require employers to pay their tipped workers the minimum wage before tips, regardless of the size of the gratuity. These twelve states include California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, New York, and several others. Supporters of the wage change have argued that tipping should only be seen as a form of bonus, not as something that is essential to a worker’s salary. They also point out that the current regulations create an unequal pay between employees in the service industry, as well as those in other fields. For businesses, the requirement to pay full minimum wages for tipped earners will certainly take a toll. Restaurant owners and other employers will need to increase their budgets or cut staff in order to accommodate the change. “The only way we are going to be able to afford to pay our employees more is if we have the menu prices rise,” said state senator Ana Rivas Logan. The issue of whether tipped workers should receive full minimum wage is still up for debate. It is clear, however, that the majority support a reform in the way these workers are compensated. As the new year unfolds, 2021 is likely to be a turning point in the discussion of tipped wages.