New Illinois law lets employees keep their tips

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WIFR) --- Illinois Governer J.B. Pritzker's office reminds workers around the state that they are allowed to keep any tips received on the job.

The new law went into effect January 1, 2020, It clarifies the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act and lets employers know they can't keep those tips from employees.

Gratuities must be paid to employees within 13 days of the end of a pay period.

“People in the various service industries work hard for their money and in many cases, such as for restaurant servers, tips make up an important part of the overall compensation,” said Michael Kleinik, director of the Illinois Department of Labor. “This law leaves no doubt that gratuities belong to the workers who earned them.”

Under the law, employees can take part in a tip-pooling arrangement.