Before the pandemic (remember then?), you may recall a case last year that drew headlines: Chip’s Family Restaurants was having issues with a class action lawsuit filed against the small chain by allegedly improperly deducting a tip credit from server earnings thereby paying those potential class members below the minimum wage for the performance of
“Dual Duties” Regulation Set to be Released for Restaurants; Tip Credit at Issue
You may recall that back in December 2019 (doesn’t that seem like so long ago?), the General Assembly and Governor Lamont fashioned a compromise on so-called “dual duties” legislation.
The bill required the Department of Labor to revisit a 1950 regulation that has been interpreted by some as requiring time that a server spends…
Vetoed Restaurant Bill on “Dual Duties” Gets Revived With Compromises
Six months after a little-noticed bill passed unanimously by the General Assembly (and was then vetoed by Governor Lamont), a new compromise measure passed yesterday in a special session. For a full article, check out CT Mirror’s coverage here or CTNewsJunkie here.
The bill uses some of the same concepts that had been previously discussed,…
Hearing Set for Thursday on Restaurant Tip Credit Bill, Days after DOL Proposed Guidance
A hearing is set for Thursday on draft legislation to “fix” a bill that had been earlier vetoed and that I discussed in a post earlier this week. CTNewsJunkie.com was first to report on the details earlier Wednesday.
The bill comes at an interesting crossroads in restaurant wage/hour law. Earlier this week, the U.S.
Restaurant Wage and Hour Bill Remains in Limbo: Here’s A Modest Proposal
So a few months ago, I got a call from a CTDOL employee asking if I knew about a certain bill that had passed the legislature. I was still reviewing the bills but decided to take a deeper look.
As it turned out, a deal had been struck to insert language in the last few…
Restaurant “Service Duties” Bill Fails to Get Veto Override; “Deal” Being Sought
A bill that would have brought the state’s tipping regulations in line with federal regulations was not brought up for a veto override vote earlier this week. I previously covered the subject in prior posts here and here.
According to a report in CT Mirror, a “deal” is now being sought that would allow…
Governor Vetoes Restaurant Bill; General Assembly May Move to Override
Late Friday, Governor Lamont vetoed House Bill 5001, which I had highlighted in an earlier post as being passed during the waning hours of the legislative session.
That bill would have rescinded a particular labor regulation and required the Department of Labor to promulgate a new regulation in its place.
In vetoing the measure,…
Service vs. Non Service Work: The Wage and Hour Rule That Your Restaurant Must Follow (For Now?)
(Post has been updated to note a legislative development.)
Running a restaurant is hard. It’s long hours, short tempers and fickle customers.
But add in those wage & hour laws? What a headache.
And there are lawyers out there who know it. In fact, there are some that rest their business model on…