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Restaurants: Non-Compliance Comes With A Hefty Price Tag

A U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation recently resulted in Oklahoma’s historic Junior’s Supper Club having to pay out $52,487 for failure to comply with wage and hour regulations. That’s a hefty price tag for an entity which only has 31 employees, but Junior’s penalty for non-compliance is not an isolated incident in the industry. Just this …

Labor and Employment Update | Minimum Wage Increases – Missouri

Some updates and news from the past few weeks related to various federal, judicial, state and local labor and employment matters. [September 2015] Missouri House Overrides Governor Veto of Bill Prohibiting Local Minimum Wage Increases Last month, Missouri Dem Governor Jay Nixon, vetoed a bill passed by the Missouri Legislature that would bar cities and counties from setting their wage …

Labor and Employment Update | State Minimum Wage to $15?

Some updates and news from the past few weeks related to various federal, judicial, state and local labor and employment matters. [September 2015] New York Governor Cuomo wants to raise state minimum wage to $15 Labor Day week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he wanted to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. Cuomo’s proposal for a …

Happy New Year – Minimum Wage

When people think of a new year, visions of noise makers, balloons, and a crystal ball dropping in Times Square come to mind. However, for those of us in the payroll business, a new year brings change. In New York State, January 1, 2015 (actually December 31, 2014) was the most recent trigger date for the latest minimum wage increase. …

What Do Restaurant Workers Really Make?

The New York State Wage Board, appointed by the State Labor Commissioner, will soon complete their statewide hearings. They’ve been soliciting testimony with regards to any changes to the relevant regulations for food service workers and service employees. In other words, they want to know if the public thinks that a change in the minimum wage or the tip credit …

Hot Topic Du Jour: Minimum Wage

Minimum wage seems to be the hot topic these days. People’s opinions seem to be split along party lines with Republicans being against and Democrats being in favor. This is unfortunate because it doesn’t allow for logical thinking about this topic; a topic which I feel is relatively simple to understand. I could take what would be considered an extreme, …

Dept. of Labor finds in Favor of Former Chickie’s & Pete’s Employees to the tune of $6.8 Million

A major investigation tipped of employees by the Department of Labor has Philadelphia sports bar and restaurant chain, Chickie’s & Pete’s, looking at a whopping $6.8 million in back wages and damages. Chickie’s & Pete’s was found to have improperly taken tips from servers and to have violated federal overtime, minimum wage, and record-keeping requirements. Investigators from the Department of …

The Great Restaurant Pay Debate

Across the country, Labor unions are organizing workers to increase the minimum wage for fast-food and other employees. Meanwhile, business owners and lobbying groups such as the National Restaurant Association (NRA) argue that an increased minimum wage could wreak havoc on the economy and lead to an increase in the country’s unemployment rate. Don Fox, CEO of Firehouse Subs and …

The High Cost of Unpaid Wages and Overtime Pay

In two recent federal court decisions, restaurants were compelled to pay a total of $2.7 million in back wages and damages after it was ruled that they had violated the Fair Labor Standards Act. According to the U.S. Justice Department, a Wage and Hour Division investigation found that Qing Xing Inc. had violated the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage, …

The $10 Hourly Minimum Wage May Finally Be Here

It appears that California is very, very close to raising its minimum wage to $10 per hour. According to California’s Governor. Jerry Brown, the $10 rate is “overdue.” If the legislation passes, millions would see their hourly pay go from $8 to $9 in July of 2014, and then to $10 in January of 2016. Though the increase would certainly …