Clawson: Trump’s Labor Department Relaxes Rules for Tipped Employees

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Reprinted from The Daily Kos by Laura Clawson on December 4, 2017.

“Donald Trump’s Department of Labor has found a way to make tipped jobs worse,” writes Laura Clawson in The Daily Kos. “In case the routine sexual harassment tipped workers endure and the low pay aren’t bad enough, Trump’s people want to allow bosses to steal tips.

“’The Department of Labor released a proposed rule rescinding portions of its tip regulations, including current restrictions on ‘tip pooling’—which would mean that, for example, restaurants would be able to pool the tips servers receive and share them with untipped employees such as cooks and dishwashers. But, crucially, the rule doesn’t actually require that employers distribute pooled tips to workers. Under the administration’s proposed rule, as long as the tipped workers earn minimum wage, the employer can legally pocket those tips. …

Daily Kos 12/4

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