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June 29, 2016: Restaurateurs should not wait until July 10 to evaluate what is at stake with tip pools. Attorney Bob Donovan reminded members in the webinar below that an individual employee could still file a private lawsuit against an employer over tip pool practices even while DOL enforcement is stayed. If the employee were to prevail, there could be a significant lookback period. And “if the DOL rule stands, it is also uncertain if restaurateurs would have a solid defense to exemplary damages if employees claimed that their tips were unlawfully pooled during this period of uncertainty,” says Attorney Catharine Morisset of Fisher & Phillips LLP. READ MORE


Webinar with Bob Donovan on Tip Pooling:


Summary of Previous articles on this issue:

A brief overview of the Ninth Circuit ruling

How the Ninth Circuit ruling may affect your restaurant

Videos on this issue:

Webinar and Q&A with Bob Donovan

Two Minute Update!

Additional Resources

DOL Wage and Hour Division Fact Sheet #15: Tipped Employees Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

The HERO Manual on Service Charges

Learn about the federal and state laws governing service charges

Lessons in No-tipping: This recent Association article looks at how several Seattle-based restaurant groups have shifted away from tipping.