Trump’s decision to allow tip-pooling could cost workers $5.8 billion — and hit women hardest

Waiters and waitresses could take home significantly less money if a new rule proposed by the Trump administration in December passes, critics say.

Changes proposed by the Department of Labor on Dec. 5 would allow employers to legally pocket tips that servers earn at restaurants. The change, which would repeal part of a 2011 ruling that said employers could not pocket their workers’ tips, is meant to level a growing disparity between what tipped employees like servers earn compared with back-of-house employees like cooks. After the changes, employers could take all tips earned by servers and redistribute them to workers that are not tipped.

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