Tip Pooling and Other Wage and Hour Issues in the Hospitality Industry: New FLSA Amendments

Overtime Pay, Worker Classification, DOL Audits and More

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

Conducted on Thursday, October 25, 2018

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will discuss the new FLSA amendments affecting tipped employees, along with best practices for FLSA and DOL compliance. 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 in various employment issues.


Buried in the recently passed budget reconciliation bill, Congress addressed an FLSA dispute regarding tip pooling arrangements. Restaurant and hotel owners with tipped staff need to be aware of these changes and to reevaluate their tip-pooling procedures, as well as ensure they are correctly handling overtime pay and employee classification issues, among others.

In addition to these changes, there remain potential areas of wage and hour liability exposure for hospitality industry employers, including overtime pay and employee classification issues. Employment counsel advising hospitality industry employers must understand the current enforcement and litigation environment and help their clients implement effective labor and employment policies and practices that will minimize the risk of noncompliance with wage and hour laws. Counsel must also prepare to defend their hospitality industry clients in DOL audits and employee suits.

Listen as our authoritative panel discusses current developments impacting hospitality industry employers. The panel will outline the new FLSA amendments affecting tip pooling rules, strategies to proactively implement policies and practices that help minimize liability exposure, and best practices to defend DOL audits and employee claims.



  1. Overview of the new FLSA amendments and the impact 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. Best practices for hospitality industry employers to limit liability exposure
  4. Defending employers in DOL audits and employee lawsuits


The panel will review these and other relevant topics:

  • What are the new FLSA amendments impacting tip pooling regulations?
  • 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


Johnson, Louisa
Louisa J. Johnson

Seyfarth Shaw

Ms. Johnson is a member of the firm’s national Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group where she devotes the...  |  Read More

Schaecher, Susan
Susan M. Schaecher

Fisher & Phillips

Ms. Schaecher's practice has been dedicated to representing employers in labor and employment-related matters since...  |  Read More

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