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Tipping Law in NYC

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Guven that Tipping is a oft discussed topic here, i was wondering what everyone makes of the new ltipping regulation passed in NY.

http://consumerist.com/2011/01/ny-reg...

Breifly:
- Employers can set whatever kind of tip policy they wish (pooled tips, or individual
)- Employers cannot skim from the tips
- The new laws delineate which staff are eligible for tips (food service only, waters, bartenders, bussers, sommeliers, and hosts, as long as they are not also managers).
- The work order also says that restaurants and caterers can't put automatic gratuities on bills that sound like they're tips but then actually pocket the money themselves.

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  1. It's about time!
    Years ago I worked for a certain Japanese-Peruvian star chef's 57th st outpost- let's call it "Mobu 57".
    Chief amongst the many indignities the staff suffered was watching our managers take a MUCH larger cut from our tip pool (which, btw, was not even equal between the servers) than we took home. I do believe they also got sued for doing it in the end.