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DOL Will Allow Portions of the Tip Rule to Take Effect April 30

Monday, March 29, 2021
Beth Strella

Important Dates

  • December 30, 2020 – The DOL published its final rule on employee tips. The effective date was set for March 1, 2021.
  • February 26, 2021 – The DOL delayed the effective date of its final rule on employee tips.
  • April 30, 2021 – The new effective date for several provisions of the final rule is April 30, 2021. The DOL has also proposed delaying portions of the final rule to Dec. 31, 2021.

On December 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule to amend employee tip regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). On Feb. 26, 2021, the DOL delayed the rule’s effective date to April 30, 2021. The final rule was originally scheduled to take effect on March 1, 2021

Portions Approved to Take Effect

After reviewing the rule for consistency with law and policy, the DOL announced that it will allow provisions that increase worker protections and earnings to take effect in April, including provisions that:

  • Prohibit employers (including managers and supervisors) from keeping their employees’ tips, regardless of whether the employer takes a tip credit; and
  • Allow employers that do not take a tip credit to include non-tipped workers (including cooks and dishwashers) in nontraditional tip-sharing agreements.

New DOL Proposals

While some provisions will be allowed to take effect, the DOL also proposed the following changes to the December employee tip regulations:

  • proposal to expand the circumstances in which the DOL can assess civil penalties and a request for comments on whether to extend the rule’s protections to tipped managers and supervisors; and
  • second proposal to further extend the delay for certain penalty provisions, as well as the rule for how to apply tip protections to employees who perform both tipped and non-tipped work, to Dec. 31, 2021.

The DOL invites comments on both proposed rules at

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