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Is Trump Really Trying to Steal Employees’ Tips?

Just about every regulatory rollback is greeted by handwringing and hysteria these days. So we shouldn’t be surprised by the reaction to the Department of Labor’s announcement that it plans to partially repeal an Obama-era rule prohibiting restaurants, bars, and other hospitality businesses from tip pooling—the practice where management collects the tips and then distributes a fixed percentage to cooks, busboys, and other “back-of-the-house” staff. (Reason)

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Weekly Update: Hospitality Association Issues Statement on Proposed Federal Tip Pooling Regulations

Washington Hospitality Association CEO Issues Statement on Proposed Federal Tip Pooling Regulations The U.S. Department of Labor announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in early December to rescind a 2011

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Weekly Update: Big Changes Coming in 2018 – Paid Leave and Minimum Wage

Big Changes Coming in 2018 – Paid Leave and Minimum Wage Washington’s employers are facing some big changes in 2018. Get ready for a new state paid sick leave program

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New Trump administration rule could force servers to share tips

The Trump administration is rolling back more Obama-administration rules. The change could require some restaurant workers to pool all tips and split that money with their colleagues. (KIRO 7)

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DOL could allow back-of-the-house workers to share in tips

Restaurant operators could be allowed to expand tip pools to include more back-of-the-house workers under a new rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor on Monday. To be published Tuesday in the Federal Register and subject to a 30-day public comment period, the proposed rule would clarify the Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA, to allow tip pools in some cases to include back-of-the-house workers that have long been prohibited from sharing in tips, including line cooks and dishwashers. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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How shifting laws on tip-pooling could affect hotels

U.S. Department of Labor regulations currently prohibit employers from setting up tip-pooling arrangements for employees who are not customarily tipped, such as back-of-the-house staff. But that could change. (Hotel News Now)

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Weekly Update: Make Your Vote Count: General Election Ballots Due Nov. 7

Make Your Vote Count: General Election Ballots Due Nov. 7 The Washington Hospitality Association urges members to participate in the Nov. 7 general elections. The Association has endorsed candidates in

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Weekly Update: Joint Employer Legislation & Tip Pooling Updates

House Introduces Joint Employer Legislation After months of working closely with key members of Congress, this morning the Save Local Business Act was introduced to correct the damaging impact that

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Labor Department Indicates It Will Rescind Tip-Pooling Restrictions

The U.S. Department of Labor has signaled its plan to rescind its controversial tip-pooling restrictions at least as it applies in states like Washington where tips cannot be used to

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Weekly Update: Tip Pooling Changes on the Horizon

Tip Pooling Changes on the Horizon – New Deadlines Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced it intends to issue a “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” (NPRM) in August. The NPRM would

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Tip Pooling Changes on the Horizon – new deadlines

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced it intends to issue a “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” (NPRM) in August. The NPRM would rescind controversial tip-pooling restrictions which should come as a

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Weekly Update: Paid Leave Legislation

Paid Leave Legislation: Video Update After many months of thoughtful strategic planning by Democrats, Republicans, businesses and labor, we believe the Legislature will act on paid family leave before the

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Weekly Update: Tip Pooling Deadline Extended

Tip Pooling Deadline Extended for Up to Two Months The National Restaurant Association is filing a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court against the Department of Labor’s restrictions on tip

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Weekly Update: FDA Extends Menu Labeling Deadline

FDA Extends Menu Labeling Deadline to May 5, 2017 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration  announced  on Tuesday that the compliance date for the federal government’s menu labeling regulation is