NTIA welcomes move to protect sector workers’ tips

By Gary Lloyd

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Royal Assent: the tipping bill will help millions in the sector (image: Getty/andresr)
Royal Assent: the tipping bill will help millions in the sector (image: Getty/andresr)

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The Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA) has welcomed a Government move to protect tips against “a few unscrupulous employers”.

The trade body said millions of UK workers will take home an estimated £200m more of their hard-earned cash, as employers are banned from withholding tips under the Employment (Allocation of Tips) Act 2023, which received Royal Assent earlier this week.

The tipping bill will see more than 2m workers have their tips protected and the law means staff will be able to view an employer’s tipping record.

Exceptional team

NTIA chief executive Michael Kill said: “Amazing cultural and social experiences at night begin with an exceptional team of staff, many of our employees live and breathe the experiences we represent and put a huge amount of effort into delivering amazing customer experience.

“Tipping is the customer’s opportunity to reward people for delivering above and beyond expectation and goes a long way to enhancing workers’ earnings across the sector.

“We welcome news that the Government have taken the step to protect employees’ gratuity payments. It seems almost surreal that we have had to legislate to ensure that a few unscrupulous employers are unable to withhold tips.”

Code of practice

He continued: “We are looking forward to working with Government departments and stakeholders in developing a code of practice.”

The Morning Advertiser’s Lock In Podcast​ covered the issue of tipping in an episode last month. The team looked at service charges and tipping as the new bill went through parliament.

They were joined by Tronc expert Peter Davies of WMT Troncmaster Services and talked to Jez Nash of the Straight and Narrow, Emma Harrison of the Three Hills Bartlow and Karen Errington of the Rat Inn, Hexham.

Furthermore, top food critic Jay Rayner gave his views on tipping and Tipjar founder James Brown also voiced his thoughts.

To read about it and listen to it, click here​.

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