DOL's Restaurant Tip Pool Rollback Advances Amid Debate

By Braden Campbell (October 25, 2017, 4:05 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Labor sent the Office of Management and Budget its proposal to rescind a 2011 rule barring businesses from including nontipped workers in tip pools Tuesday, moving the controversial regulation one step closer to its expected end.

The notice, published on the OMB's website, provides little detail about the rule but links to the DOL's disclosure in the administration's 2017 regulatory agenda that it planned to "rescind the current restrictions on tip pooling by employers that pay tipped employees the full minimum wage directly." Tip pooling is a hospitality industry pay practice in which businesses withhold and redistribute workers'...

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