I'm the personnel manager at a local chain of pubs, and I'm looking for ways to save money. We are legally allowed to pay a lower minimum wage to employees who earn tips, like wait staff and bartenders, as long as they earn enough in tips to bring the take-home pay to at least the full minimum. If we require tipped employees to pool their tips with the back of the house (dishwashers and cooks), can we pay everyone the lower minimum wage? Our customers tip well, so everyone will still be taking home at least the full minimum hourly wage.
My company is firing an employee this week. Can we give him his final paycheck on the regular payroll schedule, or do we have to provide it sooner? And does it matter whether we are laying him off or firing him for cause?
Our company has never allowed employees to ask for payroll advances, but we're considering a change in policy. If we let an employee take an advance, can we just deduct the amount from the employee's next paycheck?
I've heard a lot about new overtime rules, but the things I'm hearing seem to contradict each other. The government seems to be saying that more workers are eligible for overtime now, but labor unions say the rules are bad for workers. What do the new rules actually require?
Questions Do I have to pay minimum wage to employees who receive tips? Do I have to pay my managers overtime? Can I give my employees time off instead of paying them overtime? Do I have to pay my employees for travel time? Can I dock an employee's pay for failing to meet a production quota? Do the minimum
Lots of service employees -- from waiters, waitresses, and bartenders to gardeners, cleaning staff, movers, doormen, and counter people -- receive tips from satisfied customers. In fact, some employees earn more money in tips than in wages. Although tips are a form of compensation, they are treated somewhat differently than regular wages, as a legal matter. This article explains the rules for paying tipped employees.
Federal and state laws require most employers to pay overtime. These laws contain many exceptions, so not all employees are entitled to overtime. Employees who are eligible for overtime are called "nonexempt" employees, and those who are not eligible for overtime are called "exempt" employees. An employee who works overtime must be paid "time and a half" -- the employee's usual hourly wage plus the 50% overtime premium -- for every overtime hour worked.