Tips and gratuities

The payment of tips, gratuities, cover and service charges is prevalent in a number of sectors, including hospitality and the restaurant business.

UK employment law provides that payments paid by the employer to the worker representing amounts paid by customers by way of a service charge, tip, gratuity or cover charge cannot be used to make up the national minimum wage.

If an employee’s basic pay is at the national minimum wage level, any tips paid through the employer’s payroll must be paid in addition to the employee’s basic pay.


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9 Jun 2016

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Restaurant tipping practices face regulation

3 May 2016

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10 Nov 2015

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Restaurant tipping practices to be investigated

1 Sep 2015

Business secretary Sajid Javid has launched an investigation into the abuse of restaurant tipping, following media reports of hospitality employers...

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