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Employers allowed to distribute tips more widely in new Labor Department rule

Employers allowed to distribute tips more widely in new Labor Department rule

The federal government announced changes to rules on how tipped workers are paid. Experts have said that the rules could take $700 million annually from the pockets of servers, bartenders, bellhops and other service workers. The changes allow employers to require tipped workers, such as waiters or bartenders, to share their tips with non-tipped workers, such as cooks and dishwashers.

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Jon 1 months

And I'm done tipping. Pay your workers your damn self, I offer extra money to thank superlative service from individuals, not to cover the base wages of the staff. The owner is pulling in cash, the owner should pay the wages.

Jay 1 months

I am trying to wrap my head around this one. I have seen where a busy waiter has help from other team members and then shares the tip, and I think that is great! But now when the management can step in and scarf that up to pay the workers in the back, that takes the whole point out of tipping? But this may be the logical step since many restaurants barely pay the waitress anything, and they must rely on tips to earn a decent wage. Pretty soon there will be an employee wages line added to the bill and tipping will mean nothing. How will that improve anything?

systematic fighter
systematic fighter 1 months

This is terrible. I work as a cook and can say that as much as I would like to be getting in on the tips the servers need it more. Mainly bcs they don't get the hrs they need to cover for themselves. And some can't pick up a second job (I really don't know anyone that actually wants to get a second job, I know I wouldn't) just pay your ppl a livable wage then we wouldn't have to make $tup!d rules.

Raspberries 1 months

Wait staff typically have a lower minimum wage than back of house workers - even dishwashers make more money than them. Increase the minimum wage universally (for all types of workers) to an actual living wage and tips can then go back to being gratuities for exemplary work rather than the difference between subsistence and destitution. It's totally bogus to ask a $5/hr waitress to share her tips with a $10/hr cook.

skrappjaw 1 months

Tip culture is great on the table side. Giving someone extra for thier service is great. But to lower the base wage because of tipping is absurd. I'd still pay a tip to a server anyway. But the low base wage and tips make servers behave better. Imagine if you had a server who didn't have to perform well to collect a check. No thanks. I work back of house and like to eat at restaurants. Quit messing with my wages and my good service. Plenty of servers make bank on tips.

808HIvibes 1 months

The reason they DONT usually do this is because food should be good no matter what, regardless of tips, and they should be paying cooks enough because that’s a real hard job! Cooks are able to get raises, waiters are generally not, unless they move up to manager.

Hasegawa Fish
Hasegawa Fish 1 months

"Why would they think this is a good idea?" I thought, and read the CBS article. Oh, it's to raise the pay of lower earning back of the house workers and reduce earnings disparity. Yeah, because that makes sense /s.

Ryszmarine 1 months

What in the world is that terrifying image?

michael 1 months

To be honest, the entire staff is responsible for your enjoyment, but this is almost as bad as the texas law that lets employers basically not pay waiters.

Doug 1 months

Ah, the redistribution of wealth. The cornerstone of any hard-core communist government.

Alana 1 months

I hate it here

Nate 1 months

Wait staff everywhere do not want to stretch the tip pool out further than it already is

Charlie 1 months

Or they could just pay them living wages.

hugh 1 months

Dont work for people who do this

Franklin 1 months

Oh! Hell! No! #PayALivingWage

Jerry Mandering
Jerry Mandering 1 months

If the $15 an hour wage increase does come to pass none of us will be able to afford to eat out. McDonald’s have already rolled out kiosks to order your food and take payment as a precursor to things like this. Walmart is nearly all “self serve” now too. These things seem like a good idea at the time yet will cost people more in the long run as jobs disappear.

Heydrich Was Right
Heydrich Was Right 1 months

Just another reason for waiters to quit and get on the government tole, Good job labor dept.

Leslie S
Leslie S 1 months

Wow as someone who was a server on and off for about 10 years, this is absolute BS! Tipping was the only way I was able to have a lively hood! To be forced to share that with BOH is restaurant owners being cheap. Therefore, no one should work nor eat at such restaurants. And reminder people BOH does not have to put up w the public. It's the servers who are getting yelled at, degraded, etc when the cook f*&ks up the food!

Barry 1 months

K!ll tipping all together and bring restaurant service workers up to minimum wage at least

Bryan_with_a_why 1 months

Well at least the labor dept is doing its part to get the public to hate them and realize they're useless and the dept should be eliminated. It's not just for governors and mayors!

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