An Act To Restore the Tip Credit to Maine's Minimum Wage Law
Sec. 1. 26 MRSA §664, sub-§2, as amended by IB 2015, c. 2, §2, is further amended to read:
The tips received by a service employee become the property of the employee and may not be shared with the employer. Tips that are automatically included in the customer's bill or that are charged to a credit card must be treated like tips given to the service employee. A tip that is charged to a credit card must be paid by the employer to the employee by the next regular payday and may not be held while the employer is awaiting reimbursement from a credit card company. The employer may not deduct any amount from employee tips charged to a credit card, including, but not limited to, service fees assessed to the employer in connection with the credit card transaction.
An employer who elects to use the tip credit must inform the affected employee in advance, either orally or in writing, of the following information: