Pennsylvania Statutes Title 43 P.S. Labor § 333.103. Definitions 

As used in this act:

(a)  “Secretary” means the Secretary of Labor and Industry.

(b)  “Department” means the Department of Labor and Industry.

(c)  “Board” means the Minimum Wage Advisory Board created by this act.

(d)  “Wages” mean compensation due to any employe by reason of his or her employment, payable in legal tender of the United States or checks on banks convertible into cash on demand at full face value, subject to such deductions, charges or allowances as may be permitted by regulations of the secretary under section 9   1.

“Wage” paid to any employe includes the reasonable cost, as determined by the secretary, to the employer for furnishing such employe with board, lodging, or other facilities, if such board, lodging, or other facilities are customarily furnished by such employer to his or her employes:  Provided, That the cost of board, lodging, or other facilities shall not be included as a part of the wage paid to any employe to the extent it is excluded therefrom under the terms of a bona fide collective-bargaining agreement applicable to the particular employe:  Provided, further, That the secretary is authorized to determine the fair value of such board, lodging, or other facilities for defined classes of employes and in defined areas, based on average cost to the employer or to groups of employers similarly situated, or average value to groups of employes, or other appropriate measures of fair value.  Such evaluations, where applicable and pertinent, shall be used in lieu of actual measure of cost in determining the wage paid to any employe.

In determining the hourly wage an employer is required to pay a tipped employe, the amount paid such employe by his or her employer shall be an amount equal to:  (i) the cash wage paid the employe which for the purposes of the determination shall be not less than the cash wage required to be paid the employe on the date immediately prior to the effective date of this subparagraph;  and (ii) an additional amount on account of the tips received by the employe which is equal to the difference between the wage specified in subparagraph (i) and the wage in effect under section 4   2 of this act.  The additional amount on account of tips may not exceed the value of tips actually received by the employe.  The previous sentence shall not apply with respect to any tipped employe unless:

(1) Such employe has been informed by the employer of the provisions of this subsection;

(2) All tips received by such employe have been retained by the employe and shall not be surrendered to the employer to be used as wages to satisfy the requirement to pay the current hourly minimum rate in effect;  where the gratuity is added to the charge made by the establishment, either by the management, or by the customer, the gratuity shall become the property of the employe;  except that this subsection shall not be construed to prohibit the pooling of tips among employes who customarily and regularly receive tips.

(e)  “Occupation” means any industry, trade, business, service, or employment or class or group thereof in which individuals are gainfully employed.

(f)  “Employ”  3 includes to suffer or to permit to work.

(g)  “Employer” includes any individual, partnership, association, corporation, business trust, or any person or group of persons acting, directly or indirectly, in the interest of an employer in relation to any employe.

(h)  “Employe” includes any individual employed by an employer.

(i)  “Gratuities” means voluntary, monetary contributions received by an employe from a guest, patron or customer for services rendered.

1 43 P.S. § 333.109.
2 43 P.S. § 333.104.
3 “Employe” in original.

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