Tip Pooling a Hot Topic in NYC

October 30, 2009 – In The News
Nation's Restaurant News

Proper record keeping of employees work times and a defined position on tip pooling procedures can help protect restaurateurs from a variety of lawsuits that typically add costs and stress to already challenged operations, industry observers said in Manhattan this week.

A town hall meeting, titled “How To Protect Your Restaurant,” was held in response to the myriad lawsuits that have been filed against restaurateurs in New York City, as well as proposed changes to current labor laws. Like California and some other areas nationwide, New York City’s labor laws are onerous, and many operators have fallen prey to class action suits and other legal hiccups, which can be costly to both a business’ fiscal health and general community goodwill.

Panelists for the meeting, which was sponsored by Culintro LLC, a restaurant industry membership organization, included Carolyn Richmond of the law firm Fox Rothschild LLP; Will Regan, chief executive of 3Sixty Hospitality, a back-office management consultancy; and Josh Ozersky, an editor for Citysearch New York. They focused on how operators can best avoid litigation.