Measures to tackle unfair tipping practices and boost transparency have been proposed by the government.
It follows claims that some restaurant chains were regularly holding back some or all of the tips meant for staff.
There will be a two-month consultation on the proposals, which the government said would stamp out unfairness.
The hospitality industry said it had always supported greater transparency, while unions said changes would only work if enforced by law.
The new proposals include:
updating the current voluntary code of practice and putting it on a statutory footing to increase employer compliance
increasing transparency for consumers to make it clearer that tips are discretionary
and preventing or limiting any employer deduction from tips except for those required under tax law.
Business Secretary Sajid Javid said the government had always been very clear that it wanted “workers who earn a tip to be able to keep it. That’s why I, like many others, was disappointed by the tipping practices of some of our well-known chains. This has to change.
“Today I’m setting out our proposals to make tipping fairer, clamping down on unfair practices and securing a better deal for the millions of workers in the service industry.
“We will look closely at all the options, including legislation if necessary,” Mr Javid said.
The union Unite had been campaigning for action after complaining that some firms were counting tips as part of a worker’s pay.
Announcing its consultation, the government said that 80% of consumers want to see tips go directly to workers or distributed among staff.
Dave Turnbull, Unite’s officer for the hospitality sector said it would need the support of the law to make any change effective.
“The problem has always been that tips paid on a credit card and service charges are deemed the property of the employer,” he said.
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Source:: BBC UK