How one Trump administration proposal might affect Central New York restaurants

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - The Trump Administration is proposing to rescind an Obama-era rule that banned tip pooling at restaurants in the United States.

Right now, when you pay your server a tip, that money goes directly to them. Under President Trump, the US Department of Labor is looking to change that.

Tip pooling means all gratuities would be combined into the same pot, and then redistributed by management as they find appropriate, including to non-tipped employees like kitchen staff and hostesses. Proponents say sharing of tips would incentivize them to work harder.

But opponents say it would take away from the front-end servers, now expected to share what they make.

This is only a proposal by the Department of Labor. Before any decision is made, the public is asked to weigh in.

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