Ranking Member Scott Calls on DOL to Withdraw Harmful Proposed Tip Rule
"If true, this would not only reflect a departure from the normal process, but raise serious questions about the integrity of the Department's rule making process."
WASHINGTON – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), ranking member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, issued the following statement after Bloomberg Law reported that the Department of Labor (DOL) withheld a legally required economic analysis for its proposed rule to allow employers to pocket tips of workers.
“I am deeply troubled by allegations that the Department of Labor (DOL) may have withheld estimates that workers would lose billions in tips each year under the Department’s proposed rule. If true, this would not only reflect a departure from the normal process, but raise serious questions about the integrity of the Department’s rule making process. When an agency puts out a rule, it must demonstrate that the rule’s benefits justify its costs. I will be sending an oversight letter to the Department, requesting they share any and all economic analyses they have on the effects of the tip rule.
“I have previously raised concerns about this lack of information, urging the Department to extend the rule’s public comment period and hold public hearings on the rule. The public cannot fully weigh in if the process excludes analysis of how much workers will lose under this rule.
“I urge the Department to withdraw its rule, which is just one of the many attacks on workers we saw during President Trump’s first year in office. Instead of advancing rules that would decrease workers' earnings, I urge the administration to work with us to boost wages by raising the federal minimum wage and strengthening overtime protections for workers."
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