ALMR dismisses calls for new tipping laws

Claire Dodd

Claire Dodd

22 October 2015

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has joined in the debate on fair tipping processes, saying new legislation is not necessary.

The news comes after the British Hospitality Association (BHA) announced it is to lobby the Government for a change in the law over tipping. In a letter to business secretary Sajid Javid, the BHA has called for rules to ensure restaurants, hotels and bars have to disclose to customers how service charges and tips are distributed amongst staff.

However the ALMR says its members – which include pub, club, bar and restaurant operators – are against new laws being introduced. However, they have conceded the need for greater transparency.

It says 85% of its members had responded to a survey on the issue, saying they already have in place  a written tipping policy that closely mirrors the existing Government Code of Practice. It added that all redistribute tips to staff 'in a variety of different ways'.

ALMR chief executive Kate Nicholls said: 'It is important to remember that the Government has issued a call for evidence on this issue and so it is vitally important that we have hard facts and detailed information to take to them.

'There is appetite for practical reform to update the Code of Practice to reflect the increased use of credit cards and the changing consumer and employment culture - and over two thirds of our members were supportive of proposals to strengthen the Code. But we have not found any evidence which suggests new regulation is required to deliver that.'

'A one size fits all approach will fail to recognise the pressures that small businesses in particular are facing. Additional costs to businesses already facing tightening margins have the potential to disrupt investment and future job creation.'



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