DOL Delays Effective Date for 2020 Employee Tip Rule

By The CIP Group

March 12, 2021

The Rule Will Go Into Effect April 30, 2021

On Feb. 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) delayed the effective date of its 2020 employee tip rule to April 30, 2021. This rule was originally scheduled to go into effect on March 1, 2021.

The DOL is adopting this delay to allow sufficient time for the agency to review the final rule as required by a memorandum President Joe Biden issued on Jan. 20, 2021. The memorandum ordered a freeze on regulatory changes that had been adopted near the end of the previous administration.

The 2020 Employee Tip Rule

The rule prevents employers from keeping their employees’ tips and specifically prohibits managers and supervisors from keeping any portion of employee tips, including any from a tip pool.

In addition, the rule limits an employer’s ability to implement mandatory tip pools that include non-tipped employees and incorporates a new recordkeeping requirement for employers that do not take a tip credit but collect employees’ tips to operate a mandatory tip pool.

Finally, the new rule also incorporates new civil monetary penalties, codifies recent DOL guidance on how to compensate a tipped employee who performs non-tipped duties at work and harmonizes FLSA requirements with an executive order that establishes a minimum wage for certain contractors.

Impact on Employers

The 2020 employee tip rule remains valid and is still scheduled to become effective, though at a later date. Employers should continue their preparations to comply with the rule. In addition, employers should continue to monitor DOL communications for possible updates on this and other labor and employment rules.

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