Should wait staff get to keep their tips?

New rules could let owners cash in on tips

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) -- The U.S. Department of Labor announced last month it plans to rescind a federal ban on restaurants pooling and redistributing tips given to wait staff in lieu of a higher minimum wage.

The 2011 regulation prohibited dishwashers, cooks, back room restaurant staff or owners from taking part of the tips collected by front-room wait staff. The outlawed practice of "tip pooling" came under scrutiny from many in the service industry, often accompanied with accusations of wage theft or payment disputes. The new proposal would reinstate the practice for restaurants that offer wait staff a $7.25 minimum hourly wage. 

The Labor Department is taking feedback from the public before moving ahead with the controversial changes next month.


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