Washington Hospitality Association CEO Anthony Anton Issues Statement on Proposed Federal Tip Pooling Regulations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 14, 2017

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The U.S. Department of Labor announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in early December to rescind a 2011 rule regarding tip pooling under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Washington Hospitality Association President and CEO, Anthony Anton, issued the following statement:

“Working in the hospitality industry – in a hotel or restaurant – is being part of a team. All employees are working toward the common goal of providing the best possible customer experience. Allowing all members of the team outside of management to share in the success of the restaurant through tip pooling or tip sharing is very powerful.

“Contrary to some media reporting, employers in the state of Washington cannot take the tips their employees earn. Under Initiative 1433, all tips and gratuities belong to the employee. Owners and managers cannot benefit from a tip pool in the state of Washington. The Association strongly supports these protections and believes in the principle that tips belongs to the workers.

“A customer’s overall experience directly affects their total tip, and it makes sense that more than the front of the house employees would benefit. Tip sharing will help close the wage gap among restaurant employees. This proposed rule change rewards teams who work together and is truly a win for all employees.”

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