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DOL launches internal probe: Was tip pool data suppressed?

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The Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General is investigating allegations that Labor Secretary Alex Acosta ordered DOL staffers to quash internal research showing that a proposed rule allowing tip pooling in the hospitality industry would cost employees $5.8 billion per year.

The DOL typically includes such economic impact data in its notices of proposed rule-making. Critics claim Acosta ordered the research suppressed because it would make it harder to enact the new rule.

Bloomberg Law reported the allegations earlier this month.

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