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To share tips or not to share tips, that is the question

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The U.S. Department of Labor is trying to give restaurant owners the freedom to decide whether tipped employees, like servers should have to pool their tips with non tipped employees. 

This pooled house concept would include employees like cooks. 

Andrew Leaverton, a server at Crazy Brothers Diner in Colorado Springs, keeps his own tips and isn't being forced to share. He says if he did have to share, then he would likely have to get a second job just to make ends meet. "I can afford you know, what I need with just this one job and that's really nice," he said. "But I also understand that from the cook's perspective it would be really nice to do that as well."

In a statement from the Department of Labor, it says it wants to add pooled tipping as an option for employers. The goal is to close the wage gap between tipped and non-tipped workers.

Leaverton thinks employers considering the new rule should take a look at how income could be raised for non-tipped employers before implementing this rule. "I personally would prefer that we pay the cooks a liveable wage and then let the servers keep their tips."

On the other side of town, Jeremy Caron, a server at Dat's Italian, also keeps his own tips, but sees pooled tipping as a negative. He believes it would affect incentive in the workplace. "I personally probably wouldn't like to. I'm kind of a harder worker and I feel like I deserve everything that I work for."

Caron says the issue goes beyond a financial strain, but can actually affect the workers' motivation to work harder. 

The proposed rule will be open to the public for comment in the next 30 days, if you'd like to submit your own comment, click on the link here.

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