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The Protecting Employees' Tips Act passed third reading yesterday, making it illegal to withhold employees' tips, unless they're being pooled and shared among all employees.   

The idea was brought forward years ago by Michael Prue, an N-D-P member who lost the 2014 election, and picked up by Arthur Potts, the Liberal who defeated him.

The bill passed with unanimous consent but the N-D-P accused Potts of watering it down by not banning employers from recovering credit card fees -- often up to 2.5 per cent -- from the tip when a customer pays by credit card.

Potts -- who co-owns a restaurant -- says the credit card fee doesn't take much money out of a tip