UPDATE: April 28, 2021: The U.S. Department of Labor on April 29 will finalize its delay of some Trump-era rules on tips. While provisions prohibiting managers from keeping tips and allowing non-tipped workers into certain tip pools will take effect April 30 as planned, other portions of the rule will be delayed until Dec. 31. The agency said it will revisit those provisions, which address civil money penalties and tips for workers who perform both tipped and untipped work.
- Trump-era regulations prohibiting managers from keeping tips and allowing employers to include non-tipped workers in certain tip pools will take effect April 30 as scheduled, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Tuesday.
- The agency also proposed, however, to delay other portions of that rulemaking a second time, to Dec. 31. Specifically, DOL said it wants to revisit provisions affecting civil money penalties and the application of the Fair Labor Standards Act's tip credit to tipped employees who perform both tipped and non-tipped duties.
- "The proposals we announced today ensure that we consider all of the circumstances in today's rapidly changing workplace," said Wage and Hour Division Deputy Administrator Jessica Looman in a statement. "These essential workers deserve our careful and thoughtful consideration as we craft and implement rules that affect their well-being."
Tip rules have been in flux in recent years. Generally, the FLSA requires that employers permit workers to retain gratuities, but allows for some tip pooling.
In 2011, former President Barack Obama's DOL issued rules prohibiting tip pools that included non-tipped employees, even if employers also paid all workers involved minimum wage. (Employers with tipped employees can take a "tip credit," applying some gratuities toward minimum wage obligations.) Federal circuit courts split on that specific issue, with one declaring the regs invalid.
Despite the Biden administration's pro-worker stance, the agency said it will allow the Trump-era plan to reverse that rule to take effect in just a few weeks. Employers will soon be cleared to operate tip pools that include both tipped and non-tipped employees as long as all involved are paid minimum wage. In other words, employers may not take a tip credit based on those gratuities.
It hopes to delay and revisit, however, the Trump administration's attempt to change limits on when employers can take a tip credit for an employee who performs both tipped and untipped work, known as the "dual job" or "80/20" rule.
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