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  • n. A monetary pool, in which tips are collected and later shared out between all staff, e.g. in a restaurant.


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French tronc des pauvres, poor box


  • This is known as a tronc and the person who shares out the tips is called a 'troncmaster'.


  • The Employment Appeal Tribunal has given an important judgment about tips, service charges and the national minimum wage: it has ruled that restaurant employers who make inadequate wages up to the minimum wage level by redistributing service charges and tips to waiting staff via a "tronc" system act unlawfully.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • But HMRC had argued that payment via a 'tronc' does not count towards the national minimum wage.

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  • And this happens even though, legally, the troncmaster the person who operates the tronc scheme, whereby service monies are pooled and given out should be separate from the management.

    Forget holidays, we have trouble with tipping at home | Ross Raisin

  • · Qu'en est-il de l'idée d'un tronc commun scolaire international pour aider au dialogue des dirigeants?

    Archive 2009-04-10

  • I'm amazed that chap Martin Couchman told the Indie he think's its perfectly legal to make up the minimum wage through tips: only recently the Employment Appeal Tribunal decided it's not, at least if you use the popular tronc method to do it.


  • Initially HMRC lost in the Employment Tribunal - the ET thought the employer effectively controlled the tronc, so that the tronc system satisfies section 11 of the National Minimum Wage Act 1998:

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • Essentially a tronc works by tips and service charges being collected and then held on trust by a member of staff, who then distributes it to colleagues.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • Further legislation may eventually be needed to take this tronc nonsense off the menu once and for all.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • I'm only sorry the legal position as set out by the EAT may allow for the possibility of redesigning the tronc system so that it complies.

    Archive 2008-06-01


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