The Department of Labor is not messing around with employers messing with employee tips!


Here’s the general rule of thumb when employees receive tips.

They get to keep them.

As Jon Hyman pointed out in his blog post yesterday at the Ohio Employer Law Blog, there are certain exceptions to that rule, none of which involves sharing employee tips with managers and supervisors.

A bunch of restaurants found this out the hard way.

This week, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that it had recovered $230,353 in back wages for 274 workers after an investigation found the employer gave a portion of employee tips to restaurant managers – a practice not allowed by federal law.

The Fair Labor Standards Act prohibits employers, managers, and supervisors from keeping tips the business’ employees receive for any purposes, whether or not the employer takes a tip credit. However, managers and supervisors may contribute to mandatory tip pools and keep tips that they receive from customers directly for services that the manager or supervisor directly and “solely” provides.

Otherwise, the DOL stresses that “employers must know that tips are the property of tipped employees who earn them, plain and simple.”

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