What’s on the horizon for restaurant wages, tips

What’s on the horizon for restaurant wages, tips

Operators, lawyers look to New York, California as barometers

Restaurant operators face an onslaught of changing wage and tip credit rules as state lawmakers increasingly scrutinize compensation, especially in the legislative vanguard states of California and New York.

“Restaurants are terrified,” said Jeremy Merrin, owner of three full-service Havana Central restaurants in New York, which faces both higher state minimum wage floors at the end of this year and new regulations on tip credits that they are allowed to take.

“Wages a

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