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Stay out of the pool: Tips are strictly for front-of-house folks, according to the Ninth Circuit appeals court.

Court ruling shakes up tip pooling practices

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Restaurant operators across the Western U.S. may need to rethink their tip pooling policies following a U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling last week.

A three-judge panel in San Francisco ruled 2-to-1 to uphold U.S. Department of Labor regulations that limit tip pools to front-of-the-house workers who customarily receive tips, such as servers, bartenders and bussers.

That means tip pooling policies can no longer include the kitchen staff, say employment law spec

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