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New Tip Protection Law Will Apply From Next Month

By Dave Simpson
New Tip Protection Law Will Apply From Next Month

A new tip protection law will apply from the first of next month.


As reported by, the Payment of Wages Act provides hospitality and service staff with a legal right to get tips electronically, and it requires such gratuities to be given to employees fairly, with service charges – or anything that implies a service charge – being required to be distributed to employees as if it is a tip or gratuity received electronically, and employers will have to provide details on how tips, gratuities, and mandatory charges are given to their employees.

Possible Fine And Preparation Time

Not displaying obligations could result in a fine, and employers have between now and 1 December to prepare for the new law’s requirement, according to

There will be four-week period between now and 1 December to provide employers with a lead-in time, to prepare for the changes required by the new law.

Statement By Tánaiste quotes the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar, as saying, “Tips can form a significant percentage of a worker’s take-home pay, and these changes go a long way to ensuring those tips are distributed to the people who have earned them.

“While most employers treat their staff fairly, this will help to stamp out bad practices where they exist and give customers the confidence that gratuities are paid to staff.”

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