A bill that will protect employees’ tips from ending up in their employer’s pocket takes one step closer to being law in Ontario!
On Thursday, the bill that has been championed by two MPPs will be considered and then voted on in the legislature on Monday.
The bill will stop employers from taking a cut of the tips collected by restaurant servers, hairstylists, masseurs and others employed in the service industry, were gratuities make up a large chunk of their income.
Some restaurants require servers to pool their tips, and divvy it up equally among all workers. But some employers have included themselves on that list of recipients!
Former NDP MPP Michael Prue (Beaches-East York) worked hard on introducing this bill. His successor, Liberal MPP Arthur Potts, grabbed the torch after the 2014 provincial election and has managed to find more success at making it law.
When you pay your bill with debit or credit card, the tip ends up in the cash, to be paid out by the employer. Experts suggest that employers are more likely to take a cut from tips when the money is collected in this way, than when you pay in cash.
Do you think a restaurant owner or salon manager deserves a cut of their employees’ tips? Do you pay your bills in cash to ensure that the tip money goes directly to the one who waited on you?