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Congressman Biggs Introduces the Small Business Flexibility Act

September 20, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Biggs introduced the Small Business Flexibility Act, which would grant restaurant owners and other employers of tipped workers greater flexibility over how they pay and manage their staffs. Congressman Biggs offered the following statement:

“While we need to have a broader conversation about state and federal minimum wage laws, which have grown unsustainably high in Arizona and elsewhere, we should at least ensure in the interim that business owners have full flexibility to fairly compensate their staffs in a way that makes the most sense for their operations. The Small Business Flexibility Act contributes to this effort by allowing restaurant owners the option of pooling server tips and distributing them among both the servers themselves and other non-management employees (cooks, busboys, etc.) so long as all employees end up earning at least the minimum wage once payday rolls around.” – Congressman Andy Biggs (AZ-05)

“I commend Congressman Biggs for introducing this commonsense legislation. Given how competitive the restaurant business is, our members greatly appreciate any effort that allows owners to more freely structure their payroll and operations. Congressman Biggs’ bill provides much-needed flexibility while also ensuring that all restaurant workers, regardless of their position, are paid a fair wage.” Steve Churci, President and CEO, Arizona Restaurant Association

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Congressman Andy Biggs is a second-term Representative from Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, representing parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and Queen Creek. Congressman Biggs is a member of the House Judiciary and Science, Space, and Technology committees. He lives with his wife, Cindy, in Gilbert.

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