Back in October 2018, the Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans to ban restaurants making deductions from staff tips “at the earliest opportunity”.
She explained “We will introduce tough new legislation to ensure that workers get to keep all of their tips – banning employers from making any deductions. It’s another way we are building an economy that works for everyone.”
Following the announcement last year, it has now been revealed that the government will push back plans to legislate restaurant tipping with action unlikely to be taken until the next parliamentary session.
This action follows a government consultation in 2016, on tipping, gratuities, cover and service charges of which no findings have been published. The consultation arose because it was revealed that many high street restaurant chains were withholding up to 10% from tips paid by credit and debit card.