Trump Regime

Report: Labor Department Deleted Data on Employers Stealing From Employees

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Trump regime has initiated the process to repeal an Obama-era rule that prohibits employers from pooling workers’ tips (and stealing them), but the Labor Department's own analysis shows employees could lose billions of dollars without the rule.

It's possible no one will see the Labor Department's analysis, however, because according to Bloomberg the department deleted the analysis but not before they tried to manipulate it.

Senior department political officials—faced with a government analysis showing that workers could lose billions of dollars in tips as a result of the proposal—ordered staff to revise the data methodology to lessen the expected impact, several of the sources said. Although later calculations showed progressively reduced tip losses, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta and his team are said to have still been uncomfortable with including the data in the proposal. The officials disagreed with assumptions in the analysis that employers would retain their employees’ gratuities, rather than redistribute the money to other hourly workers. They wound up receiving approval from the White House to publish a proposal Dec. 5 that removed the economic transfer data altogether, the sources said.

The move to drop the analysis means workers, businesses, advocacy groups, and others who want to weigh in on the tip pool proposal will have to do so without seeing the government’s estimate first. The public notice-and-comment period for the proposal is set to end Feb. 5.

Aside from the obvious fact that the Trump regime will do anything that enables businesses to screw their own employees, my immediate thought was that this analysis will be the very first thing subpoenaed in court when Trump's decision is eventually challenged.

Are we great again yet?

  • muselet

    It would be a shame if someone in the Department of Labor were to, I don’t know, accidentally release that analysis into the wild before the end of the public comment period, wouldn’t it?