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Guests can now designate a portion of their tips to kitchen help at Magpie Cafe

Guests can now designate a portion of their tips to kitchen help at Magpie Cafe.

Trendinista: Two-tiered tipping encourages pay parity

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In the West, where a number of states do not allow a tip credit, the disparity between front- and back-of-the-house staff compensation is a growing concern for restaurant operators.

Rising minimum wage rates benefit all restaurant workers, but servers have the added benefit of tips on top of the full hourly rate in states like California. Unless servers tip out the kitchen staff voluntarily (it's illegal to require servers to share tips with kitchen staff), those in the back of

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