Are tip pools legal in Massachusetts?
An employer may require service employees, wait staff, and service bartenders to pool their tips, provided that the funds are distributed only to other service employees, wait staff, or service bartenders. Total proceeds of a tip or service charge imposed by an employer must be remitted only to service employees, wait staff or service bartenders in proportion to the service provided by those employees. Under no circumstances may management employees or owners receive any portion of their employees’ tips.
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