It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book: An employee gets to work late, wants to clock out early or is a total no-show and recruits a co-worker to punch in or out for him or for her. It’s a sneaky way to get paid for work not done and solicit a co-conspirator to help make it happen — all while employers are left holding the bag. “Buddy punching,” as the practice is known, costs businesses millions of dollars annually, both in wages paid for non-existent workers, and in lost productivity. Not only that; buddy punching is considered in many cases to be fraud. It’s a crime, and it’s a bona fide punishable offense.
Wearing a uniform is sometimes an important aspect of an employee’s job. It identifies them as being a member of your service team, and it helps to promote your restaurant’s brand and enhance your reputation. Who is responsible for the cost of purchasing a uniform, and what are the requirements in terms of paying for them?
If you’ve just hired a new employee, here’s something to consider: He or she doesn’t become a sanctioned employee in the eyes of the federal government, New York City or the State of New York until he or she gives you a completed I-9 form.
If you’re running a business it can sometimes seem like you’ve got a revolving door at the entrance. People come and people go at all hours, and it’s virtually impossible to keep track of who’s arriving and who’s leaving, and for how long they’ve been gone. Monitoring the comings and goings of your staff could translate to a full-time job in itself!
When you have employees who sometimes work longer than a regular eight-hour shift – a shift of at least 10 hours – employers are required to pay them for an extra hour. This is known as the ‘spread of hours’ pay rule. It can get a bit confusing, so here are the basics you need to know.
Every new tax season brings with it a few surprises — some welcome, and some, well, just plain confusing. This year ushers in some sweeping changes to the tax code, chief among them something all employees can feel good about: the likelihood of seeing more money in their paychecks!
Complying with IRS tip reporting rules is one of the biggest challenges facing restaurant owners today. In fact, restaurants are a major target – especially as they are the second largest private sector employer in the United States, according to the National Restaurant Association (NRA). As a restaurant owner and employer, you need to stay informed of your responsibilities to accurately report tips in order to remain in compliance.
Running a successful restaurant is a lot like putting on a huge Broadway production – every single day! The stage, the props, the players, the lights and music; there are a million details. In your case, there’s the food and drink, hosts and hostesses, the servers and the kitchen crew. And you never know how many patrons will show up. That’s why when it comes to employee payroll, you don’t need any more surprises.