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Congress and the DOL Wade Into the Tip Pool, Reverse Obama-Era Regulations

Restaurant owners have been anxiously awaiting the Department of Labor’s (DOL) guidance regarding proper participation and operation of tip pools after the passage of the March 23, 2018, Consolidated Appropriations Act, which...more

The Tip Income Protection Act — Changes to Tip Pooling

by LeClairRyan on

The Tip Income Protection Act of 2018 (“the Act”) was signed into law on March 23, 2018 as part of the omnibus spending bill. The Act, buried in the 2,323 pages of the bill, amends the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and...more

The Consolidated Appropriations Act: Tipping in The Hospitality Industry

by Buchalter on

Despite threatening a veto, President Trump signed the 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act (Public Law No. 115-141) on March 23, 2018. The Act is more than 2000 pages in length....more

Congress Amends Fair Labor Standards Act, Takes Firm Stand Against Tip Theft

On March 23, 2018, with national attention focused on the specter of a government shutdown and a potential veto on Congressional spending measures, President Donald Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of...more

Congress Paves the Way for Tip Pooling to Include Back-of-the-House Employees

The history of tip pooling for employers who do not utilize a tip credit has been a rocky one. Past articles on this site have chronicled an employer’s ability to pool and distribute tips to all employees, including those in...more

DOL Clarifies Tip Pooling Law

by FordHarrison on

As reported last week, on March 23rd, President Trump signed into law a massive spending bill that, among other things, amended the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to clarify that a manager or supervisor may not keep his...more

DOL Clarifies Amendment to the FLSA's Tip Pool Rules

by Littler on

On March 27, 2018, President Donald Trump signed into law Congress’s $1.3 trillion, 2,232-page omnibus budget bill, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018. ...more

New Tip Pool Rules - Changes to the FLSA and DOL Guidance

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

If you’ve been paying attention to the news relating to wage and hour law (and really, who isn’t?), you may recently have heard quite a bit about new federal rules on tipped employees, and more recently Congress stepping in...more

New Tip Pooling Guidelines For Employers

The recent passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (“H.R. 1625”), an 878-page omnibus spending bill, significantly changes the rules for tip pooling under the Fair Labor Standards Act (the “FLSA”). While the...more

Department Of Labor Issues Initial Guidance On Tip Pooling Amendment

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

This week the Department of Labor issued new guidance, in a “Field Assistance Bulletin,” on the recent amendment to the FLSA regarding tip sharing. The recent amendment to the FLSA (which was included in the omnibus budget...more

Web Exclusive: March 2018: The Top 13 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there were an unprecedented number of changes all through 2017. And if the first three months...more

Tip Pooling Updates

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Fair Labor Standards Act now permits back-of house employees to participate in mandatory tip pools, provided no tip credit is taken against minimum wage. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 budget bill effectively...more

The Tip Pooling Saga: What Employers Need to Know with Tip Pooling Being Legal Once Again

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Just when it seemed that service charges were all the rage, tip pooling has reemerged to grab the headlines. Making the rounds from courts to agencies, and now Congress, the issue appears to have been settled by Congress that...more

II-30- Tackling 3 Big Wage and Hour Questions for Employers

by Cozen O'Connor on

Wage and hour issues continue to keep employers up at night, with new lawsuits and potential exposure not diminishing any time soon. Today’s episode tackles three important questions in this area: the meaning and potential...more

Tip Pooling With Back-Of-House Is IN (in Most States); Manager and Supervisor Tip-Sharing Is OUT

The Fair Labor Standards Act now permits many employers to include back-of-house employees in tip pools, and prohibits employer, manager, and supervisor participation. On March 23, 2018, President Trump signed the new...more

New Legislative Action on "Tip Pooling"

by Polsinelli on

Congress and the President have waded in to the ongoing debate regarding employers’ use of “tip pools” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) by passing the Tip Income Protection Act (“TIPA”) as part of the omnibus...more

Who Won? – The New Tip Pool Law

by FordHarrison on

On March 23rd, President Trump signed into law a massive spending bill. Buried on page 2025 of the spending bill, available here, is the following amendment to Section 203(m) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the...more

WPI Wage Watch: Minimum Wage & Overtime Updates (March Edition)

by Littler on

Never mind the Ides of March, for employers with tipped employees: beware the federal budget process. Presumably no one’s March Madness bracket had federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) amendments going to, let alone...more

Congress Addresses Who Can Share Tips

The 2018 federal appropriations bill signed into law on March 23rd includes an addition to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) stating that “[a]n employer may not keep tips received by its employees for any purposes,...more

Here's a Tip: Tread Carefully

by Fisher Phillips on

As we previously wrote, Congress has now amended Section 3(m) of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to prohibit an employer from "keep[ing] tips received by its employees for any purpose, including allowing managers...more

New Law Prevents Employers from Taking Tips

by Varnum LLP on

In the restaurant industry, "tip-pooling" is the practice of sharing tips between front-house tipped-employees (servers and waiters), and back-house non-tipped employees (cooks and dishwashers). Traditionally, employers have...more

2018 Budget Bill Limits Tip Pooling

President Trump has signed into law an omnibus federal budget for fiscal year 2018. Among the bill’s provisions is a compromise intended to end litigation and regulatory uncertainty over employers requiring mandatory tip...more

FLSA Amendment Bans Employers From "Keeping" Tips

by Fisher Phillips on

In the budget reconciliation bill passed early this morning, Congress included a rider amending the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Section 3(m) to state, An employer may not keep tips received by its employees for...more

Ninth Circuit Creates More Uncertainty in 80/20 Rule for Tipped Workers

by FordHarrison on

On February 16, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit granted en banc review of Marsh v. J. Alexander’s LLC, 869 F.3d 1108, creating a new layer of uncertainty for hospitality employers....more

Web Exclusive: February 2018: The Top 15 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there were an unprecedented number of changes all through 2017. And if the first two months...more

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