Effectively reinstating the ban on tip pooling that had been implemented by the Obama administration a few years ago, the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development implemented a new regulation that took effect last Friday banning the mandatory sharing of tips in the state of Alaska. The effort was undertaken to nullify the Trump administration’s reversal of the Obama policy. Under the Alaskan regulation, signed into law by Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott, front-of-the-house wait staff can still be forced by the employer to share tips with other wait staff, but cannot be forced to do so with back-of-the-house staff or other non-wait staff. Alaskan law currently requires that all employees be paid the state minimum wage of $9.84 per hour without factoring in additional compensation from tips.