A new rule that may cost waiters their tips is being rolled out in the Trump administration’s final 30 days. The 148-page regulation published Tuesday by the Department of Labor would allow employers of restaurants to pull tips from waiters. Pulling this pay would allow them to pay cooks, hostesses, and other employees.
The regulation would get rid of the 80-20 rule. The 80-20 rule was made specifically for tipped employees who can earn $2.13 an hour from their employer. Their tips have to get them to the federal minimum wage of $7.25.
Employees are not allowed to spend more than 20% of their shift doing work that is nontipped. Under the new rule, it is at the employer’s discretion to determine the amount of time. The new regulation isn’t set to take effect for 60 days. A new administration will be in the office at this time.