[Ireland] Law change safeguarding tips is unworkable [Ireland] Law change safeguarding tips is unworkable

[Ireland] Law change safeguarding tips is unworkable
07 Mar 2019

Ireland (Irish Examiner) - A report by the Low Pay Commission has concluded that a bill to protect the tips of service industry employees is unworkable, the Irish Examiner says.

The bill asks for employers to set out and display their tipping policy. The Low Pay Commission’s report found that Irish legislation does not address the ownership of tips which, at present, means there is nothing to stop an employer from taking ownership of employee tips”.

Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan introduced the bill. Its intention is to make it illegal for employers to take workers tips. The report, made to Employment Affairs and Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty, commended the bill’s honourable intentions but did not back its content.

The report states, “While the intention of the bill is undoubtedly honourable, the commission does not feel that introducing legislation which cannot be applied and enforced effectively is a worthwhile endeavour.”

For American service workers a rule gives ownership of tips to employees not the employer. The UK government have looked into issuing similar guidelines. Minister Doherty commented that the discussion around tipping was  “incredibly complex” and there were no easy answers.

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Ireland (Irish Examiner) - A report by the Low Pay Commission has concluded that a bill to protect the tips of service industry employees is unworkable, the Irish Examiner says.

The bill asks for employers to set out and display their tipping policy. The Low Pay Commission’s report found that Irish legislation does not address the ownership of tips which, at present, means there is nothing to stop an employer from taking ownership of employee tips”.

Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan introduced the bill. Its intention is to make it illegal for employers to take workers tips. The report, made to Employment Affairs and Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty, commended the bill’s honourable intentions but did not back its content.

The report states, “While the intention of the bill is undoubtedly honourable, the commission does not feel that introducing legislation which cannot be applied and enforced effectively is a worthwhile endeavour.”

For American service workers a rule gives ownership of tips to employees not the employer. The UK government have looked into issuing similar guidelines. Minister Doherty commented that the discussion around tipping was  “incredibly complex” and there were no easy answers.

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