System and method for managing gratuities

  • US 9,741,050 B2
  • Filed: 03/15/2013
  • Issued: 08/22/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/04/2012
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A system, comprising:

  • a. a gratuity management system, comprising1. a server coupled to a computer network and accessible by a plurality of clients, the server being configurable to independently execute gratuity distribution rules on a client-by-client basis; and

    2. a database, accessible by the server; and

    b. a plurality of client business systems in electronic communication with the server of the gratuity management system, each of the client business systems corresponding to one of the plurality of clients, each client business system comprising;

    1. at least one point of sale server; and

    2. a gratuity sync client application installed on the respective client business system;

    wherein the gratuity sync client application on each client business system is configured to extract transaction information and employee information from the client business system and to initiate transfer of the extracted information to the gratuity management system;

    wherein the gratuity management system is a cloud computing system remote from the plurality of client business systems and configured to receive the extracted transaction information and employee information from the plurality of client business systems and to store the received extracted information in the database; and

    wherein the gratuity management system is further configured to execute, independently for each client, gratuity distribution rules for allocating gratuities among at least a portion of the employees and to determine a gratuity allocation based on at least the received extracted transaction information, the received extracted employee information, and the gratuity distribution rules and return the gratuity allocation to the gratuity sync client application of each respective client business system, without requiring the client business systems to execute the gratuity distribution rules.

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