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Tipped Employees: Payment of Less than Minimum Wage - The Maryland Guide to Wage Payment and Employment Standards

Employees who earn at least $30 per month in tips may, under Maryland law, be paid as little as (but no less than) $3.63 per hour by their employer effective July 24, 2009. This is only the case, however, where earned tips for the week combined with $3.63 per hour equal at least the minimum wage for all hours worked. Where an employee's earnings fall short of the minimum wage due to meager tips, the employer must make up the difference.

Note: Tipped employees who are from time to time assigned to perform non-tip related tasks must be paid by their employer at least the full minimum wage rate for that non-tipped time.