Tips left by customers should go to workers in full – and not their employers, the Government has said in a report.
Restaurants and bars could also be stopped from adding service charges to bills to remind customers they do not have to tip if they don’t want to.
The eight-month review of tipping practices follows claims that some “well-known” chains were counting tips as part of a worker’s pay and were withholding some or all of the money.
The big question now is what are the government going to do about this problem? A voluntary code of conduct for employers may not be strong enough. Some form of statutory legislation, that makes it unlawful/illegal to retain tips intended for staff, could be the approach that is needed.