New York court clarifies tip-sharing rules in Starbucks case

Starbucks baristas must share tips with shift supervisors, as both groups are part-time workers with similar serving responsibilities, but assistant store managers are classified as full-time supervisors with some benefits and shouldn't share in the gratuities, even if they spend much of their shift serving customers, according to an advisory opinion issued Wednesday by the New York State Court of Appeals. Starbucks has 413 company-owned stores in New York City, but hospitality trade groups say the ruling has the potential to change tip-sharing policies at as many as 42,000 businesses statewide.

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