Government rejects proposal to allow restaurant owners to redistribute employee tips

The Quebec government has turned down a request from restaurant owners to allow them to take the tips that servers earn, and re-distribute the money to all employees.

The Quebec restaurant owners association had said that such an arrangement would have been more equitable for kitchen staff, who work just as hard as waiters and waitresses, but do not earn tips.

Labour Minister Dominique Vien describes the request as akin to robbing Peter to pay Paul.

She says the current rules are in place because some restaurant owners could not be trusted with such an arrangement.