Government bans use of tips to top up waiter wages
From October of this year restaurants will be banned from using tips to top up the pay of employees who earn less than the minimum wage.
The government has confirmed the new law to help ensure that workers are receiving the required £5.73 per hour.
Currently, some restaurant and bar employees receive as little as £3 an hour before their bosses uses tips to bring the wage up.
Joint general secretary of Unite Derek Simpson said: "Hardworking waiting staff will be delighted to learn that bad employers can no longer line their pockets with the money that customers intended to go to workers."
The restaurant industry has argued that thousands of jobs may have to be sacrificed if it is forced to comply with these rules.
In March, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Trades Union Congress called upon the government to provide better support to people who may be facings a reduced wage because of the recession.