The Oireachtas has passed a tip and gratuity protection law called The Payment of Wages Bill, according to RTE.ie.
As reported by RTE.ie, the purpose of the bill is to make sure that tips and gratuities are distributed fairly to employees and to ensure that employers do not use tips as part of employees' basic wages.
The bill prohibits businesses from referring to mandatory charges as "service charges" unless they are treated in the same way as tips or gratuities, and it legally entitles staff members to receive electronic tips.
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Additionally, the bill obliges employers to prominently display mandatory charge policies as well as cash and card tip distribution.
Statement By Tánaiste
RTE.ie quotes Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar as saying, "Most companies look after their staff very fairly, but this new law will stamp out bad practices where they do exist and ensure that tips are distributed fairly among staff."
Varadkar reportedly added, "It will also mean that tips received cannot be used as part of basic pay."
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