Category Archives: Wage and Hour

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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Wage and Hour Regulation Pitfalls

Business owners can get themselves into trouble when not understanding wage and hours laws. What appears to be a bright idea that cuts corners and saves money is sometimes a violation that leads to costly consequences. The Fair Labor Standards … Continue reading

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The Annual Pay Notice Requirement of the New York Wage Theft Prevention Act Could Be Close to Ending

After the Wage Theft Prevention Act went into effect, restaurant owners and other types of business owners became burdened with paperwork as they complied with annual requirements. They had to provide wage notices to all employees by February 1 of … Continue reading

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Wage and Hours Cases Setting Precedents for Tipped Employees

Restaurant owners are subject to numerous regulations they must comply with and as various cases are litigated, rulings establish new precedents that can change how the industry does business. Maintaining a viable restaurant in today’s world often requires due diligence … Continue reading

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