Legislation is being enacted/proposed in New York and California that will fundamentally impact restaurateurs. In New York State this includes an increase in the minimum cash wage for tipped workers from $5.00 per hour to $7.50 per hour, and in New York City $8.50 per hour (if New York City enacts a higher minimum wage), effective December 31, 2015. In California, this includes a proposal in Los Angeles to increase the minimum wage to $13.25 per hour or potentially more, legislation in Emeryville raising the minimum wage to $14.42 per hour, with additional regulations pertaining to service charges and sick leave, and, in San Francisco, a scheduling ordinance that impacts chain restaurants doing business in the city.
Topics of Discussion:
- Details of the new legislation
- Service charges v. administrative fees in New York & California
- Strategies for moving forward