The minimum wage rate for New York State restaurant employees will increase in 2019.
Front-of-the-house workers who receive tips (e.g., waiters, bussers, bartenders, and runners) are to be paid at an increased “tipped minimum wage rate,” which varies by number of employees and location;
The 2019 minimum wage rate for back-of-the-house employees (e.g., cooks, dishwashers, and kitchen workers) is as follows;
All restaurant employees must be paid on an hourly basis, unless they are managing the restaurant. A weekly salary or a fixed amount per shift or per day can be illegal because it does not compensate restaurant employees for overtime hours worked over forty per workweek. A common restaurant wage theft violation is for kitchen workers to be paid on a salary and therefore not paid at the overtime rate of time and a half when they work over 40 hours in one workweek.
If you have not been paid at the correct minimum wage or have not received time-and-a-half for your overtime hours (hours after40 in a work week), please call the attorneys of Pechman Law Group at 212-583-9500 for a free consultation.