Can we require waiters to pool their tips with the dishwashers and cooks?
Tip pools should include only employees have provided service to the customer.
I'm the personnel manager at a local chain of pubs, and I'm looking for ways to save money. We are legally allowed to pay a lower minimum wage to employees who earn tips, like wait staff and bartenders, as long as they earn enough in tips to bring the take-home pay to at least the full minimum. If we require tipped employees to pool their tips with the back of the house (dishwashers and cooks), can we pay everyone the lower minimum wage? Our customers tip well, so everyone will still be taking home at least the full minimum hourly wage.