Category Archives: Wage and Hour

Are You Opening a New Restaurant?

Legal Concerns for New York Restaurant Owners If you’re opening a new restaurant in New York City or the surrounding area, there are certain legal requirements you must put in place. You will need to choose a business entity and … Continue reading

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Wage and Hour: What Is a DOL Opinion Letter?

Can a DOL Opinion Letter Help an Employer with a Wage & Hour Dispute? A Department of Labor (DOL) opinion letter is a letter issued by the Administrator that can address fact-specific questions related to federal wage and hour laws. … Continue reading

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Wage and Hour Investigations: What You Should Know About Them

Facing investigation by the New York Department of Labor for alleged unpaid wages is a serious matter. How you handle the investigation can often determine the outcome, and it is wise to retain an experienced employment law defense attorney from … Continue reading

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What Are Wage Theft Lawsuits in the Restaurant Industry?

A number of wage theft lawsuits and settlements have been occurring during the past five years. However, they haven’t received as much media attention as restaurant workers’ fight for higher minimum wages. As a restaurant owner, you should be aware … Continue reading

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Implications of the Recent Retail Wage Increases

Recently, Wal-Mart announced its decision to raise the base wage of its employees. Wal-Mart plans to increase wages for close to 40 percent of its workforce. As of April, workers will earn at least nine dollars an hour, which is … Continue reading

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Know and Follow the Regulations for Tip Pools

In the restaurant business and hospitality industry in general, employees who provide services, such as servers, hosting staff, bartenders and bus persons typically receive tips from customers. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA),  which is a federal law, tipped … Continue reading

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How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants?

Minimum wage increases took effect on December 31, 2014, raising the New York minimum wage from $8.00 to $8.75 per hour for employees who work based on hourly wages. By the way, another minimum wage increase also occurs approximately a … Continue reading

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