As bars and restaurants start to reopen their businesses to outside guests and rehire staff, these employers need to pay particular attention to the current status of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) tipped employee regulations. These regulations impact provisions of the FLSA addressing the tip credit or tip pooling arrangements, who may keep employee tips, and civil monetary penalties for violations.
JD Supra 6/7
Businesses with workers in California should prepare for the state’s twice annual tidal wave of minimum wage increases. Employers should take note that many local jurisdictions in the state require minimum wage rates that are higher than the statewide minimum wage.
Food Industry Policy
S.F. supervisors move to make outdoor parklets permanent, with some changes that Mayor Breed opposes
San Francisco Chronicle 6/8
San Francisco officials voted Monday to advance legislation making outdoor parklets, the infrastructure behind pandemic outdoor dining, a permanent part of the city’s streetscape. The three-member committee adopted amendments proposed by Supervisor Aaron Peskin that delayed permit fees, required accessibility for disabled people and other changes.
Restaurant staffers and owners say this reckoning was a long time coming.
On the Side
Los Angeles Times 6/7
San Juan Capistrano, primarily known for its 1776-founded mission, is now a flourishing food destination thanks in part to a downtown main drag where some of the most exciting new restaurants in Orange County can be found only steps away from each other. Ramen Shack will be right in the middle of it all, at 31751 Camino Capistrano, Suite 4.
Eater New York 6/7
As NYC’s restaurants reopen at full capacity, average tip rates have fallen back to 20 percent or below.