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Tip Pooling and Other Wage and Hour Issues in the Hospitality Industry

Overtime Pay, Worker Classification, DOL Audits, and More

Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Thursday, August 10, 2023

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This CLE course will discuss best practices for FLSA and DOL compliance for tipped employees. Our expert panelists will guide practitioners through the latest updates in tip pooling and overtime pay regulations and how to best counsel hospitality industry employers on various employment issues.


Hospitality industry employers (hotels, restaurants, caterers, nightlife, etc.) must be aware of the FLSA's and DOL's ongoing requirements for tipped employees. These employers must evaluate their tip pooling policies and procedures to ensure their regular and overtime pay practices and worker classifications are compliant.

Hospitality industry employers continue to face potential exposure to wage and hour liability, including record-keeping, pay practices, tip pooling practices, overtime pay, and employee classification.

Listen as our authoritative panel discusses current developments impacting hospitality industry employers. The panel will outline the current FLSA requirements affecting tip pooling rules, strategic policies and practices to minimize liability exposure, and best practices to defend against DOL audits and employee claims.



  1. Overview of FLSA requirements on tip pooling rules
  2. Discussion of other sources of employer liability in the hospitality industry such as overtime pay and employee classification issues
  3. Possible ongoing post-COVID-19 pandemic effects on tip pooling and other DOL audit issues
  4. Best practices for hospitality industry employers to limit liability exposure
  5. Defending employers in DOL audits and employee lawsuits


The panel will review these and other relevant topics:

  • What are the current FLSA requirements impacting tip pooling regulations?
  • Will there be any ongoing post-COVID-19 effects on tip pooling amongst hospitality employees?
  • Proactive steps hospitality industry employers should take to correctly implement policies regarding tip pooling, overtime pay, and employee classification
  • Best practices for defending hospitality industry employers in DOL audits and employee lawsuits


Bogdan, Alexander
Alexander Bogdan

Fox Rothschild

Mr. Bogdan is an experienced labor and employment attorney who has worked with clients in a wide array of industries...  |  Read More

Faul, Regina
Regina E. Faul

Partner, Chair of the Employment & Labor Practice
Phillips Nizer

Ms. Faul has distinguished herself for over 30 years representing clients in the areas of employment law and labor...  |  Read More

Ryan, Andria
Andria L. Ryan

Partner, Co-Chair Hospitality Industry Group
Fisher & Phillips

Ms. Ryan represents employers in virtually every area of employment and labor law and received the Anthony G. Marshall...  |  Read More

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