The U.S. Labor Department has published the 2018 wage-rate floor required by Executive Order 13658, "Establishing A Minimum Wage for Contractors". Beginning on January 1, 2018, the minimum rate will increase by 15 cents per hour to $10.35 per hour.
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that a forthcoming Notice of Proposed Rulemaking will seek to "rescind the current restrictions on tip pooling" by employers who do not rely upon the FLSA tip-credit.
Despite what a couple of recent court decisions have suggested, it appears that neither an individual nor the U.S. Department of Labor is permitted to file an FLSA lawsuit based simply upon the "tips are always the employee's property" position that USDOL has taken.
The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that a tipped employee for whom no FLSA "tip credit" had been taken, and to whom all FLSA wages due had been paid, had no FLSA claim against her employer with regard to its allegedly having converted some of her tips to its own uses.
Employers must take into account the wage-hour requirements and restrictions of all jurisdictions in which they employ tipped workers, as well as how these provisions interact with the FLSA's requirements.
The U.S. Labor Department has published the 2017 wage-rate floor required by President Obama's "Establishing A Minimum Wage for Contractors" Executive Order 13658.
The 9th Circuit has denied petitions for rehearing its opinion earlier this year holding that the U.S. Department of Labor could extend the FLSA's tip-pooling restrictions to instances where the tipped employees received the minimum wage without reliance on the Section 203(m) tip credit.
There is no such thing as an FLSA "subminimum wage for tipped workers".
The U.S. Labor Department has published the 2016 wage-rate floor required by President Obama's "Establishing A Minimum Wage for Contractors" Executive Order 13658.
Tipped-worker employers should immediately respond to the misleading "tipped minimum wage" PR campaign.