Bloomberg Law
Nov. 8, 2018, 8:04 PM

Labor Department Walks Back Tipped Wage Policy

Jaclyn Diaz
Jaclyn Diaz

Waiters who rely on tips for wages but have non-tip-producing duties that are incidental to their main job—such as washing dishes or cleaning tables—don’t have to be paid full minimum wage, the Labor Department said.

The guidance was one of several opinion letters the DOL issued Nov. 8 that tackle various issues including the controversial 80/20 tipped-work rule and questions over employee exemptions under federal wage law.

Most notably, this latest collection of opinion letters released by the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division changes guidance on the department’s position on the 80/20 policy. The 80/20 rule from the Obama administration ...