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A tip: Be mindful of pending changes for gratuities

by Marc B. Zimmerman
Hotel News Now
February 23, 2018

The U.S. Department of Labor has pulled the trigger on its plan to roll back its regulations put in place in 2011 under then-President Barack Obama, expressly prohibiting employers from forcing tipped employees to share gratuities with non-tipped staff.

This is big news for hoteliers operating restaurants on their properties. Once finalized, the proposed rule, widely hailed by employers in the hospitality industry, will permit employers who pay its workers at least the full federal minimum wage to require traditionally tipped employees like waitstaff, captains, bussers, bartenders and runners to share customer tips with so-called “back-of-house” workers—chefs, cooks, dishwashers and porters.

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