Bloomberg Law
Jan. 26, 2018, 11:30 AM

Worker Attorneys Plot Lawsuit to Block Trump Tip Pool Rule

Ben Penn
Ben Penn

The backlash to a Labor Department proposal reversing an Obama-era tip-pooling rule is shifting behind the scenes to the legal arena.

Some employee-side attorneys, ripping a page from the management bar’s playbook, told Bloomberg Law they might be able to squash the DOL’s effort by suing to preserve the 2011 regulation. The Labor Department recently said it’s scrapping the Obama administration rule banning certain tip pooling arrangements that involve restaurant servers and other workers who make tips and back-of-the-house workers who don’t.

Several worker rights’ groups are analyzing whether the new proposed rule’s absence of a quantitative economic analysis may ...

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