Tips are not house money. Tips should only be shared with waiters, waitresses, bussers, runners, and other front of the house workers who deal with customers.
A restaurant must provide notice before paying waitstaff a tipped minimum wage.
There is a common misconception that if a employee is paid on a salary or shift pay, overtime pay is not required.
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. Continue reading Credit Card Fees
Restaurants cannot require servers to share their tips with non-service employees Continue reading Tip Splitting
Employees should be paid for any time they are required to be in the restaurant.
A restaurant cannot charge an employee for customer walkouts or breakage.
In New York, a “service charge” or fixed gratuity belongs to the waitstaff.
Continue reading Service Charge