From 1 October 2009, service charges, gratuities and discretionary non-cash tips will no longer be counted towards the NMW. Currently, such payments may count towards the NMW where an employer pays them through its payroll. In light of this change, the British Hospitality Agency has issued a voluntary Code of Practice aimed at encouraging the hospitality industry to improve communication with customers on how such payments are dealt with. The guidance recommends that a written notice should be available at restaurants to inform customers of any deductions for handling costs and explain how the business distributes the remaining proceeds to its employees.