Friday 23 August 2019

Minister will take action to prevent abuse of tips system

Employment Affairs and Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Employment Affairs and Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Laura Lynott

Laura Lynott

Tips and gratuities could soon be regulated and standardised to ensure they are not used to top up salaries.

The Employment Affairs and Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty has received Government approval on draft proposals for the legislation.

Ms Doherty intends to amend the Payment of Wages Act to ensure tips and gratuities can't be used to 'make up' or satisfy a person's contractual wages.

The legislation will also require employers to clearly display, for the benefit of workers and customers, their policy on how tips, gratuities and service charges are distributed.

The Department will now proceed with the drafting of the necessary legislation and is expected to commence pre-legislative scrutiny of the Bill soon.

Ms Doherty said: "It has become clear over the past number of months that in a minority of establishments, workers are not being treated fairly with regard to tips."

Irish Independent

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