Tips and the Minimum Wage

I’ve not been around to blog for the last two or three weeks (clients come first!) Apologies, and here starts a flurry of posts bringing us up to date on employment law developments in November.

It’s been widely reported that restaurants may be compelled by legislation to reveal to their customers whether or not tips go directly to serving staff. What’s not been made so clear is the tandem proposal to remove the current provision whereby tips received by staff may count towards their national minimum wage entitlement. The BERR consultation is here, but I’ll be surprised if this doesn’t go through – reducing wages pro rata to tips received is not easily defensible given the British attitude that tips are a reward to the individual waiting staff for service beyond the average.