If you were worried that you would soon have to pay Becky—your $38,000 manager—overtime when she worked those long holiday weeks you can relax. The federal courts have blocked the new regulation and it may not take effect for a long time—if at all—since the Trump administration is unlikely to lobby for any overtime rule changes.
But that’s not the point
The reason I mentioned earlier that I always paid overtime was because I wanted my employees to benefit when they had to work longer hours. If my $14 per hour cooks had to work long and hard holiday hours, at least they knew that they would be making $21 per hour for any hours after 40. They loved overtime, and the busier we became, the happier they were.
While many of you may legitimately utilize and follow the regulations that allow you to employ a number of managers paid by salary and therefore ineligible for overtime, maybe this should be a wake-up call. I always felt that my business should not only benefit me, but that all employees should be able to share the wealth when the busy times arrived. Paying overtime was one way to do this.
Editor’s note: Michael Rosman and Michael Attias will be conducting an interactive half-day seminar, “All Things Corporate Drop-off Catering” on March 15, 2017 at Catersource in New Orleans. The session is included in the purchase of a Catersource all access pass, or can be purchased separately as a one-off. For more information, visit http://schedule.catersource.com/track/all-things-corporate-drop-off-catering
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