If you’ve worked in the food service industry before, you know that the holidays can be hit-or-miss when it comes to tips. I spent years in the industry at a variety of different food establishments, working through many Thanksgivings, Christmases, and New Years. I would hope on these days that it would be like any other when I could expect to bring home the usual amount of tips from the night. If I got lucky, someone would be in high holiday spirits and extra generous; and if I was unlucky, someone would think leaving me a Christmas card made up for the $0.00 left on the “tip” line of the receipt (totally happened, and they didn’t even leave a message inside!).
But, of course, that’s the luck of the draw when it comes to the food service industry and being a tipped worker. There’s a lot that can be said about what needs to be changed or fixed in the industry, and you likely have your own opinions on whether tipping should even be a thing. However, this blog today is for my tipped workers who may not know all the laws surrounding what your employer can or can’t do with the tips you earned.