Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Ceisteanna (29)

Joan Collins

Ceist:

29. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when she plans to initiate her amendment to the Payment of Wages Act 1991 to deal with the issue of tip theft. [38796/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the Bill to amend the Payment of Wages Act 1991 dealing with tipping practices, last week received Government approval to be added as a priority to the Government’s Legislation Programme for the Autumn / Winter parliamentary session. The Scheme of the Bill is already crafted to an advanced stage and has been submitted to the Office of Parliamentary Counsel. The legislation will amend the Payment of Wages Act, clarifying that tips cannot be used to make up or satisfy payment of contractual rates of pay. Tips will be distinguished from service charges for this purpose.

We have referred the General Scheme of the Bill to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Employment Affairs and Social Protection for pre-legislative scrutiny.

The Joint Committee on Employment Affairs and Social Protection will consider the Bill at its next meeting on Thursday 26th of September. I look forward to working with members on all sides of the Houses of the Oireachtas to progress this Bill as expeditiously as possible in order to deliver legislation that is fair, balanced and that works in practice.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.