fair tips

No More Tip Top-up for Minimum Wage

Recent reports have indicated that a number of employers in the restaurant business have been using tips to top-up employees’ earnings to meet the minimum wage. With the National Minimum Wage currently set at £5.52, and due to rise to £5.73 on the 1st of October, this has meant that some firms have effectively been paying a base pay rate less than the minimum wage and supplementing pay with service charges. Currently firms are allowed to follow this practice, but amidst major concerns from employees in the service sectors that rely on tipping, customers and now the government, topping up wages with tips is to be outlawed from next year. Unions in particular have called the practice "an abuse" and Unison have been protesting against the practice for years with th... »