Recently proposed changes to the handling of tip distribution may create major issues for restaurant employees. In July of this year, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced its intention to reverse current Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) rules expressly prohibiting the pooling of tips with anyone other than a valid pool of other tipped employees. These regulations, which went into effect in 2011 under the Obama administration, clearly designate tips as the property of the employees who earned them. As such, employers are prohibited from using this money for anything other than minimum wage tip credit.
Since the Florida minimum wage law was passed in 2004, Florida employers are responsible for keeping up with both state and Federal regulations. On January 1, 2018, the minimum wage in Florida is set to increase. Here's what you need to know.
One of Florida's leading industries, hospitality, is also one of the most frequently preyed upon groups of workers statewide. Many employers starting in the industry assume that things are legal the way that they are, or that they are simply the industry standard. The amount of misinformation and unlawful policies that are considered the "norm" is unsettling. Here we will explore the various ways hospitality and restaurant industry employers could be at risk for labor law violations.