New York restaurants must pay a minimum wage of $8.75 per hour, or at least $5.00 per hour for waitstaff if it takes a “tip credit.”
For any hours an employee worked over 40 per week, the employee must receive overtime.
An employer may deduct a small percentage from the credit card tips left for employees. It can deduct no more than the credit card processing fees assessed on the charged tips.
Restaurants cannot require servers to share their tips with non-service employees
Employees should be paid for any time they are required to be in the restaurant.
A restaurant cannot charge en employee for customer walkouts or breakage.
In New York, a “service charge” or fixed gratuity belongs to the waitstaff.
New York restaurant workers are entitled to an extra hour of pay when the work day spans more than ten hours.
Restaurant workers may not be charged for buying or cleaning a uniform.