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Dec 17 2010

NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF LABOR CHANGES TO THE HOSPITALITY WAGE ORDER

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Starting Jan 1, 2010, the changes to the New York State Department of Labor’s Hospitality Industry wage order include an increase to $5 from $4.65 in the minimum hourly wage rate for tipped food-service employees. Minimum wages for service employees earning tips will rise to $5.65 from $4.90, while tipped service employees working in resort hotels will earn a minimum wage of $4.90 rather than $4.35. Also, if the time elapsed between the start of an hourly restaurant or hotel employee’s work day and the end is more than 10 hours—including off-duty time—the employee must be paid for one extra hour at minimum wage.

In addition to the increase in minimum wage, the DOL will also allow employers to mandate whether tip “sharing” or tip “pooling” takes place within their establishment. Previously, restaurant operators could mandate tip sharing but not tip pooling. The recommendations also relieve restaurant operators from having to pay for laundering of uniforms, providing they are of the “wash and wear” type. Restaurants will also be able to share in the proceeds from Administrative Charges, providing they clearly indicate to customers where the money will go.

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Dec 17 2010

NEW 20 DAY TEMPORARY PERMIT AUTHORIZED BY THE NEW YORK STATE LIQUOR AUTHORITY

On November 17, 2010, the Executive Committee of the New York State Liquor Authority authorized the issuance of a new permit to liquor license applicants. Specifically, the New York State Liquor Authority may now issue a 20 Day Temporary Letter allowing the applicant to serve for 20 days provided that they are only missing the following from their liquor license application:
1) Certificate of Authority;
2) Workers’ Compensation or Disability Insurance;
3) Newspaper Affidavit;
4) Photos showing that the applicant is ready to open; and/or
5) Surrender of the current license in effect for the premise, if any.

Presently, this new 20 Day permit policy will remain in effect until February 17, 2011 at which point it will be revisited by the Authority. 

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