SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld a U.S. labor department rule that limits the ability of a restaurant, casino or other employer to share tips among its employees.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A federal appeals court has upheld a U.S. labor department rule that limits the ability of a restaurant, casino or other employer to share tips among its employees.

The rule at issue in Tuesday's decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was put forward by the labor department in 2011. It prevents employers from sharing tips left for waiters and other staff that normally receive tips with dishwashers, cooks and other backend staff.

The 9th Circuit said the rule was consistent with Congress's goal of ensuring tips stay with employees who receive them.

The court overturned district courts in Nevada and Oregon.

Paul DeCamp represented restaurant associations in Oregon and Washington that challenged the 2011 rule. He said there was a decent chance one of the plaintiffs would appeal.