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Food Service Workers

Restoring Common Sense To Determining Who is a Tipped Employee. Case Summary: Marsh v. J Alexander’s

by Buchalter on

In Marsh v. J. Alexander’s, The Ninth Circuit issued a fundamentally important opinion supporting the hospitality industry nationwide. Specifically, the Ninth Circuit rejected the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) disastrous...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects DOL's Interpretation of the "Dual Jobs" Regulation for Tipped Employees

by Littler on

On September 6, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declined to accord deference to the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) interpretation of its "dual jobs" regulation. The court reasoned that the interpretation, as...more

Ninth Circuit Cooks Up Rejection of Servers’ Claims and Sends DOL’s 20% Tip Credit Rule Back to the Kitchen, Creating Circuit...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Ninth Circuit has created a circuit split by rejecting the DOL’s interpretation of FLSA regulations on use of the tip credit to pay regularly tipped employees, finding that the interpretation is both...more

Department of Labor Moves to Rescind 2011 Tip Pooling Regulations

by Baker Donelson on

On July 20, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) indicated via the federal government's Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions that it plans to propose a rule that would rescind some of the more onerous...more

DOL’s “80/20” Tip Credit Rule Entitled To No Deference, Ninth Circuit Holds, Creating Circuit Split

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Finding it wholly inconsistent with the statute and the regulation it purports to interpret, the Ninth Circuit has held invalid the United States Department of Labor’s “80/20” tip credit rule, or “20% Rule,” which limits the...more

EEOC Sues Golden Corral for Disability, Sexual Harassment and Discharge

Restaurant Violated Federal Law by Permitting a Hostile Work Environment and Forcing an Autistic Employee to Quit to Escape Harassment, Federal Agency Charges - CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Jax, LLC, which operates a Golden Corral...more

EEOC Sues Pizza Studio Restaurant Owner for Violating Equal Pay Act

Company Offered Female New Hire Less Than a Male and Fired Both After She Complained, Federal Agency Says - ST. LOUIS - A Delaware company that until recently operated a Pizza Studio restaurant in Kansas City, Kan., and...more

Relishing the Moment: Tenth Circuit Allows Restaurant to Keep Server Tips and Rejects DOL Regulation

In a victory for restaurant employers, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Relish Catering can keep customer tips without violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), so long as the employee is paid at an...more

New Oregon Law Imposes Scheduling and Working Hours Obligations on Employers

by Littler on

A new Oregon statute will require certain large employers to provide their Oregon employees with advance notice of their work schedules. The notice period will initially be 7 days starting next year before increasing to 14...more

Oregon Becomes First State To Enact Scheduling-Protection Laws For Service Industry

Following similar local ordinances in New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle, Oregon has become the first state to enact a law restricting the scheduling practices of service-industry employers. On August 8, Gov. Kate...more

Oregon Becomes First State In Nation To Enact Scheduling Legislation

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Oregon has become the first U.S. state to regulate employer scheduling practices in the food service, hospitality, and retail industries. The new law, S.B. 828, will take effect July 1, 2018. Signed by Governor Kate Brown...more

WPI Wage Watch: Minimum Wage and Overtime Updates (July Edition)

by Littler on

It’s summertime, but the living is anything but easy for employers trying to track minimum wage and overtime developments. The U.S. Department of Labor is defending legal challenges to various rules the Obama administration...more

DOL Announces Intent to Rescind Rule Restricting the Allocation of Gratuities to Non-Tipped Employees When the Employer Does Not...

by Littler on

Restaurants, hotels, and other businesses that employ tipped workers have long wrestled with a seemingly simple, but actually intractable, question: who is entitled to receive a share of a guest’s gratuities? If an employer...more

US Department Of Labor Announces Intention To Repeal Tip-Pooling Regulation

by Cole Schotz on

As set forth in its July 20, 2017 Regulatory Agenda, the United States Department of Labor (“USDOL”) has announced its intention to rescind the controversial 2011 regulation enacted by the Obama Administration (the “2011...more

The Department of Labor Changes Course on Tip-Pooling Restrictions

by FordHarrison on

Quite a bit of effort goes into making an enjoyable restaurant experience, such as good food, prompt service and, of course, cleanliness. Want to reward the dishwashers for providing you with spotless silverware, expediters...more

Predictive Scheduling and the Fight for a “Fair Workweek”: What Employers Need to Know

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Retailers and fast food companies in particular should be aware of the growing push for “fair workweek” legislation at the city, state, and federal levels. In just the past few years, over a dozen states and cities have...more

Big Changes For Large Employers: Oregon Legislature Passes Fair Work Week Act

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Recently, the Oregon legislature passed Senate Bill 828, known as the Fair Work Week Act, which will dramatically change how covered employers schedule workers. Governor Brown is expected to sign the law soon. ...more

Oregon Is Set to Become the First State in the Nation Requiring Employers to Give Hourly Employees Advance Notice of Their Work...

by K&L Gates LLP on

Following cities like San Francisco and Seattle, on June 29, 2017, the Oregon Legislature passed the Fair Work Week Act (the “Act”), becoming the first state in the nation to require advance notice of hourly employee work...more

Predictable Work Schedules: Oregon Blazes a Trail

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Oregon is poised to become the first state in the country to require larger food service, retail and hospitality employers to provide their hourly workers predictable schedules – or to pay the price. This is the second of two...more

New York City Enacts Fair Workweek Legislation for Retail and Fast Food Employers

Mayor de Blasio recently signed into law five bills collectively called the “Fair Workweek” legislative package, which will significantly impact employers in the retail and fast food industries. The laws are scheduled to take...more

Tenth Circuit Rules Employer That Pays More Than Minimum Wage Does Not Have to Share Customers' Tips With Employees

by FordHarrison on

On June 30, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled in Marlow v. The New Food Guy, Inc. d/b/a Relish Catering (Relish) that neither the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) nor a Department of Labor (DOL)...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

State Budget Down to the Wire - At publication time on this last day of June 2017, the Maine Legislature had yet to enact a budget for the biennium that starts at midnight tonight. Last week, the Legislature was presented...more

Will Minimum Wage Hikes Kill Restaurant Jobs?

by Lewitt Hackman on

In 1981 “Video Killed the Radio Star” was the first music video MTV broadcast in the United States. The song was actually written a couple of years earlier, appeared on an album entitled The Age of Plastic by the Buggles, and...more

Employment Flash - June 2017

This edition examines recent labor and employment developments at the U.S. federal, state and local levels, including the House of Representatives' American Health Care Act and the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act, the...more

NYC Enacts "Fair Work Week" Laws for Retail and Fast Food Employees

by FordHarrison on

New York City’s new package of “Fair Work Week” laws, which go into effect on November 27, 2017, will create new and burdensome scheduling and record-keeping requirements for retailers and fast food establishments, including...more

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