The government has announced plans to ensure staff receive tips left by customers in bars and restaurants.
The business secretary Sajid Javid proposed the move after a campaign by the union Unite complained some companies were counting tips as part of a worker's pay.
Unite has welcomed the move, which came after a call for evidence received nearly 200 responses with broad agreement that current practices were not clear for workers or consumers.
The Government announced a consultation on moves to ensure additional payments for service should be voluntary to the consumer and received in full by workers.
updating the current voluntary code of practice and putting it on a statutory footing to increase employer compliance
increasing transparency for consumers to make it clearer that tips are discretionary
preventing or limiting any employer deduction from tips except for those required under tax law
Business Secretary Sajid Javid said: "I'm setting out our proposals to make tipping fairer, clamping down on unfair practices and securing a better deal for the millions of workers in the service industry. We will look closely at all the options, including legislation if necessary."