Last week, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) completed its review of a new proposed DOL Tipping Regulation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) – the last step in the review process before a new regulation is published in the Federal Register. The regulation will tighten the rules that govern how tipped workers are paid and re-establish a standard that dictates a tipped worker, must be paid the full minimum wage if they are doing non-tipped duties for more than 20 percent of their hours a week, or it they are doing non-tipped work for more than 30 minutes straight. In addition, the new rule will clarify that employers may only pay the sub-minimum tipped wage ($2.13 at the federal level) to workers doing non-tipped work for a short period of time that “directly supports tip-producing work” such as folding napkins or refilling salt and pepper shakers.