Oregon restaurants can now share tips with heart-of-the-house employees
A federal spending bill passed March 23 abolished a 2011 federal regulation that prohibited tip pooling in all circumstances with non-customarily tipped employees. Now, employers are once again allowed the opportunity to expand tip pools and share the tips among a broader range of employees in states where employers don’t take a tip credit.
This change now allows tip sharing among both customarily and non-customarily tipped employees, including dishwashers and cooks.
The new legislation also makes it clear that tips belong to the workers who receive them and that owners, managers and supervisors are prohibited from sharing in tip pools.
“We believe team environments within restaurants lead to customer satisfaction and business success,” said Jason Brandt, president & CEO of the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association (ORLA). “Last week’s congressional action affirms what our industry knows to be true – the dining experience is made possible by wait staff, cooks, bussers, dishwashers and other hard-working employees who now have the opportunity to share in the success of great customer service through the sharing of tips.”
The association looks forward to receiving further guidance and clarification from the U.S. Department of Labor.
To learn more, read Key Issue: Tip Pooling Updates.
About the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association
The Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association serves to protect and promote Oregon’s hospitality industry, representing approximately 2,500 members, and advocating for over 9,900 foodservice locations and 2,200 lodging establishments across the state. The foodservice and lodging industry is responsible for 173,700 jobs bringing in over $10.8 billion in annual sales and generates over 54% of the annual tourism dollars spent in Oregon.