Back in the beginning of February, I looked at a proposed rule from the Department of Labor which would allow restaurant owners the option of seizing tips left by customers for the wait staff and redistributing the money among other workers or even the management. Needless to say, I described this as “a dumb rule.”
It turns out that a decision was made by Congress rather than the Labor Department and it was snuck into the recently passed omnibus spending bill. The Washington Post reported on it this week…
Tucked into Congress’s 2,200-plus-page omnibus spending bill are a few paragraphs that will prohibit restaurant owners from sharing server tips with supervisors, managers and themselves. But the provision will also allow employers, in some circumstances, to share tips with dishwashers, cooks and other back-of-the-house employees who have traditionally been underpaid compared with their counterparts in the dining room.
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