Can My Boss Ask Me to Share My Tips?

Short answer: Yes. Long answer: It’s complicated.'

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Q: Can my boss ask me to share my tips?

A: The short answer is yes. Sharing or pooling of tips is allowed under federal law.

That said, there are restrictions about how and with whom tips can be shared that employers must follow in order to not run afoul of any Department of Labor or Fair Labor Standards Act regulations, not to mention laws of the particular state you’re in. State requirements may be more restrictive than those provided on a federal level so you’ll want to seek local counsel before trying to decide whether there’s something amiss about how an employer is handling these issues. (If an employee thinks they’re being paid incorrectly, many plaintiffs lawyers will do free audits of their paystub and timesheet.)

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