When people tip workers, they expect workers will get the tip. But this isn’t necessarily the case.

Many restaurants have a “house tipping” system that makes workers pay into a fund that redistributes their hard-earned tips to management. Some restaurants have even admitted that they use this strategy to offset wages, literally causing a worker to subsidize their co-workers income!

House tipping is underhanded. It violates the trust between restaurants and customers, and it cheats workers of their hard-earned money. Ontario has recently introduced legislation that mandates tips only be shared among workers who actually provide direct services to customers. Quebec requires that all tips, including those collected by the employer must be returned to employees. Alberta should do the same to ensure workers receive the benefit of their effort. Our government needs to introduce legislation to end house tipping.