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Ongoing Confusion About Tips, Even From The White House

Recently, I explained that revising the FLSA regulations will not be easy, and highlighted tip credits as one such area in particular. In my last post, I discussed yet another case involving the miscalculation of wages for...more

One “Tip” That Won’t Soon Be Forgotten

Recently, Philadelphia sports bar and restaurant chain Chickie’s & Pete’s (“C&P”) signed a consent judgment with the Department of Labor agreeing to pay current and former employees more than $6.8 million in back wages and...more

As if Employers Needed Another Reminder, Here Are 8.4 Million More Reasons to Get the Tip Credit Right

A couple of weeks ago, a Philadelphia based sports bar chain entered into a consent order with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and filed a request with the E.D. Pennsylvania for approval of a separate settlement with...more

Restaurant Industry Newsletter - January 2014

Tax Ruling Impacts the Use of Mandatory Service Charges - Executive Summary: Beginning on January 1, 2014, "mandatory gratuities" or service charges are no longer considered "tips" by the Internal Revenue Service, and...more

Florida's Minimum Wage Is Now $7.93

Florida's minimum wage rate increased to $7.93 effective January 1, 2014. As we reported in November, Florida's minimum wage law requires the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to recalculate Florida's minimum wage...more

New "tipping" rules for 2014: Are you ready?

Employer practices with tips at hotels and restaurants have spawned a lot of employee discontent, class actions and other litigation. Some employers have withheld all or a portion of employee tips to cover administrative...more

New IRS Rule Affecting Hospitality Employers Takes Effect January 1, 2014

The IRS will begin enforcing a new rule concerning the taxation of automatic gratuities on January 1, 2014. Specifically, employers must start treating automatic gratuities – that is, charges that are compulsory to customers...more

Take 5 Newsletter: Wage and Hour Update - October 9, 2013

- IRS Will Begin Taxing a Restaurant's Automatic Gratuities as Service Charges Many restaurants include automatic gratuities on the checks of guests with large parties to ensure that servers get fair tips. This method...more

Employment And Labor Alert: Minnesota Supreme Court Reverses Judgment For Employer In Wage Deduction Case

Yesterday the Minnesota Supreme Court held that various restaurants/bars violated Minnesota law by making deductions from employees’ gratuities for register shortages, bills of customers who walked out without paying and...more

Employment Law -- Jul 18, 2013

D.C. Circuit Flips DOL’s Flip-Flop On Mortgage Loan Officers - Mortgage loan officers may qualify for the administrative exemption from the overtime wage provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the D.C. Circuit...more

How Franchise Systems Can Minimize Risks of Labor Violations

No one enjoys being the center of attention when that attention is coming from federal regulators. Yet that’s where franchise systems have found themselves of late – especially in the hospitality sector, which accounts for a...more

Legal Alert: Federal Courts Deal A Blow To DOL Regulatory Efforts

Recently, two different federal courts have invalidated statutory interpretations by the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD). ...more

U.S. DOL Suffers Set Back on Tip-Pooling Regulations

A federal district court recently invalidated regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that prohibit employees from including non-tipped employees in a tip pool in certain situations. ...more

Court to Applebee's Servers, Bartenders and Hosts: Washing Dishes and Taking Out the Trash May Be All in a Day's Work

On May 13, 2013, in a decision favorable to the restaurant industry and companies that employ tipped workers, a district court in Indiana carved out a tip credit claim from a proposed wage and hour collective action brought...more

Employee Tip Pools: Dive In With Caution

For those employers who employ “tipped employees,” i.e., employees who generally receive $30 or more per week in tips, a tip pooling arrangement may have some appeal. After all, such arrangements allow for an equitable...more

Liquor Law Update -- May 2013

In This Issue: Employee Tip Pools: Dive In With Caution; Ahhh…Spring; and The Ska/Duclaw Trademark Dispute Over Euphoria, Trademark Lessons for the Craft Brewer Excerpt from Employee Tip Pools: Dive In With...more

Top Ten Wage and Hour Developments in 2012 for Pennsylvania Employers

For employers in Pennsylvania, 2012 was another eventful year in the world of wage and hour law. Even in the absence of new federal legislation, a number of noteworthy developments occurred at both the federal and state...more

Florida's Minimum Wage Increased for 2013

Florida is one of only 10 states which ties its minimum wage rate to the annual rate of inflation as reflected in the federal Consumer Price Index (CPI). Thus, every year the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity must...more

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