Am I allowed to institute a tip pool?

Q. I manage a popular sports bar. May I institute a tip-pooling policy?

Am I allowed to institute a tip pool?

Q. Bartenders and servers at my bar make hundreds of dollars in tips each night while our hosts, bussers and managers walk away with much less. I instituted a pooling policy to correct the injustice, but now my bartenders and servers are threatening to sue for taking their tips. Are they right?

How should I handle meal breaks and downtime when we work on a split-shift basis?

Q. I need my restaurant employees to work lunch and dinner shifts but not the two hours between when we are closed. Do I have to pay for the time they are on break between or does it qualify as a meal break?

California minimum wage bill stalls in legislature

A controversial bill to increase California’s minimum wage recently failed to pass in the state Legislature. The bill would have phased in a $3 per hour increase to the minimum wage rate and also would have imposed annual cost of living increases.

Fed contractors can't gag pay talk

A new rule issued by the Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs explicitly gives employees of federal contractors and subcontractors the right to discuss how much they are paid.

What matches NYC's new $15 minimum wage?

To put it in perspective, the Pew Research Center calculated what it would cost to give employees in other cities the same purchasing power.

Weis Markets raises its minimum wage to $9

Effective Aug. 2, Sunbury-based Weis Markets has begun paying all its employees at least $9 per hour.

Pennsylvania state senator proposes $15 minimum wage

State Sen. Daylin Lynch, whose district straddles Montgomery and Delaware counties, has introduced legislation that would raise the Pennsylvania minimum wage to $15.

What are California's unique overtime rules?

Q. Do I have to pay overtime to an employee when he or she does not exceed 40 hours of work per week?

A silver lining to the SEC's CEO pay-ratio rule?

How can employers actually use the new CEO-to-median-employee pay ratio rule to their advantage?

Proposal would raise New York fast-food pay to at least $15 per hour

New York’s Wage Board has endorsed a recommendation to raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 per hour. The new hourly rate will apply to employees of chains with at least 30 locations in New York.

Don't punish absences by taking away more leave than employee used


You can punish employees who don’t show up as scheduled with a poor performance review or even discharge. But you cannot take away pay, either in the form of wages or by deducting days from the employee’s leave bank. Doing so may violate New York State’s Labor Law.

The curious case of the pay raise that went viral

When one CEO decided to pay all his employees at least $70,000 per year, accolades rolled in. The raises even came out of the CEO’s own compensation package. So why, then, did there come such terrific backlash?

SEC: Public companies must disclose CEO-to-staff pay ratios

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Aug. 5 adopted a final rule that requires public companies to disclose the ratio of chief executive officer compensation to the median compensation employees receive.

When workers drive company vehicles, must we pay for travel time?

Q. My nonexempt employees drive company vans from their homes to customers’ homes throughout the day. Am I required to pay employees for time they spend driving to customers’ homes or sitting in traffic?
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