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The way tips are distributed could soon be changing.

Posted: Nov. 1, 2017 11:24 AM

MASON CITY, Iowa - The way tips are distributed could soon be changing.
If you asked a waitress or waiter how much they rely on tips they would probably tell you a lot. Right now the Department of Labor is proposing allowing restaurant owners to pool tips. That means wait staff would have to redistribute all their tips to be shared with cooks and hosts.
Shelby Askidson says she already tips out other staff on her own--while making less than minimum wage. She says some people don't realize how little money wait staff make.
“I understand tipping some people out if they help you. Let’s say the host buses your table and cleans it off that's definitely helpful to get another table in there to make more money,” Askidson said.
In Minnesota the least adult workers can earn before tips is $7.75 per hour. The least for Iowa workers can be paid before tips is $4.35, but they must earn enough tips to earn minimum wage which is $7.25 per hour.

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