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Attorney General Cracking Down on Wage and Hour Laws in the Restaurant Industry

Thursday, October 09, 2014  
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The New York State Attorney General announced yesterday the arrest of a restaurant owner who is being charged with failing to pay the required minimum wage and overtime to several of their employees. 

“My office will take aggressive action, including criminal charges, where appropriate, against business owners who fail to properly compensate their employees for hours worked,” Attorney General Schneiderman said.  “Protecting the livelihoods of hardworking New Yorkers is a priority for my office.”

The New York State Restaurant Association encourages all of our members and restaurants to contact us if they have any questions with the wage and hour laws. Restaurant owners must remember that:

- All wages must be paid no later than seven days after the end of the week when the wages were earned.
- Overtime must be paid at a rate of at least one and one-half times the employee’s regular rate of pay for reach hour worked in excess of 40 hours per week.
- For each workday that a shift or shift go over 10 hours, the employer must pay a spread of hours pay. View infographic to learn more >>

The new Advocacy section of the Association website is a great resource to review the basics of the Hospitality Wage Order laws and regulations that affect your restaurant business. For any questions you may have, contact our team at or 212.298.9160.

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