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2014 Update for California Employers

While 2013 was marked by some novel and interesting judicial and administrative decisions, including Quicken Loans (in which the National Labor Relations Board invalidated certain common employee handbook policies), Vance v....more

New York Employers – 2013 Year in Review and Looking Ahead to 2014

“Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits.” While the author to this famous New Year’s quote remains unknown, that certainly doesn’t make it any less true, including for employers. We hope that,...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

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

Serving Up Trouble: IRS Ruling on Automatic Tips

Restaurants and other employers in the hospitality industry are reminded that, as of January 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will expect businesses to comply fully with its Revenue Ruling 2012-18. Among other things,...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - September 12, 2013

In This Issue: - A.F.L.- C.I.O. Seeks to Lure Nonunion Workers to Boost Ranks - Appeals Court Affirms Unions Can Organize Smaller Units - IRS to Begin Classifying Automatic Gratuities as Taxable Wages - More...more

Tax Law Blog: Is This the End of Automatic Gratuities?

Starting in January, the IRS will begin treating automatic gratuities as wages which are subject to payroll tax withholding. Many restaurants add the automatic gratuity to large groups to ensure the server is tipped...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

New York Court of Appeals Issues Opinion Addressing Tip Pool Arrangements

The New York Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion addressing Starbucks’ tip pooling practices with regard to its shift supervisors and assistant store managers, which we discussed here....more

Tips

Who, What, Why . . . Who does it apply to: Employers who take the “tip credit” against wages of some or all of their employees....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

Tip Pooling Policy Held Lawful By California Court—So Long As Recipients Are Not Management Level

Avidor v. Sutter’s Place, Inc., No. H037142 (January 23, 2013): A California Court of Appeal recently upheld a casino’s tip-pooling arrangement with card dealers who work at the casino. In this case, a class of current and...more

You’re Out of Luck, Appellate Court Tells Casino Card Dealers

Avidor v. Sutter’s Place, Inc., decided January 23, 2013, California Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District, involved a class action brought on behalf of card dealers employed by Sutter’s Place, a casino....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

Florida May Change Wage Payments For Tipped Employees

On February 16th the Commerce and Tourism Committee of the Florida Senate reported favorably on a bill that would allow Florida employers to fundamentally alter the way that tipped employees are paid. Senate Bill 2106 is...more

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