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  • Question about CA tip laws

    I've been told that the management or owners can't "legally" require servers to tip out to support staff like bussers or food runners. The can "agree" to tip out voluntarily, but it can't be enforced.

    I've also heard that there was a ruling that said that bussers are "entitled" to a percentage of a tip.

    Here's what I'm considering (if I'm on legal ground). I'm opening a new fine dining restaurant and in the employee handbook, I want draw up a legal "contract" that will state the servers will be required to tip out a certain percentage of their tips to be shared by the support staff. In order to be hired, they will have to sign that contract and I'll keep it on file. If they don't want to sign it, I can decide not to hire them. As anyone seen something similar? Can this work?
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