Rep. Sarah Anderson (R-Plymouth) worked her way through college as a restaurant server. A new law she sponsors with Sen. Dave Thompson (R-Lakeville) makes it easier for restaurant workers to pool their tips or for a restaurant owner to safeguard them for employees.
The law allows employers, at their employees’ request, to safeguard and disburse tips according to a sharing agreement; and to report the amounts received for tax purposes. Employers may not coerce employees to share gratuities.
The law takes effect Aug. 1, 2011.
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