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USDOL Publishes Final Rule Regarding Monetary Penalties Against Employers for Tip Violations

September 24, 2021

Via: LexBlog

On September 23, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule announcing when it will assess civil money penalties (CMPs) against employers who retain tips earned by their workers. Under the rule, available here, the DOL may assess a penalty of up to $1,100 per violation each time it finds an employer retained employee tips, regardless of whether the violation is repeated or willful. The rule represents yet another move by the agency to protect tipped workers, putting hospitality-sector employers and others with tipped employees on clear notice that it intends to enforce Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requirements aggressively.

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