By Sonia Riggs, CRA President & CEO
The CRA staff are taking a strong look at our organization to make sure that we are providing value to all our members – whether you are a small, independent restaurant, or a larger restaurant group. Part of that value is making sure that you are receiving the information that we are sending your way. For example, there are several new Colorado laws that you need to be aware of that directly impact your business (explained later in the newsletter) but you may not have heard of them yet because we don’t have the most up-to-date contact information for you. You’ll likely receive a call and email from us in the coming months to make sure we have the correct contact information for you, and that we are communicating the right messages with the appropriate people within your organization. Please bear with us as we work through this process.
NATIONAL FIGHT ON TIP POOLING
On a national level, the National Restaurant Association, through their Restaurant Law Center is leading the effort of asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case, National Restaurant Association, et al. v. U.S. Department of Labor, et all. The case challenges the Department of Labor’s anti tip-pooling stance that prevents cooks and dishwashers from receiving tips. The Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) tip credit regulations prevent front-of-the-house restaurant employees from sharing tips with back-of-the-house employees if the employer takes a tip credit, meaning some employees earn a tip wage. However, the Department of Labor has now expanded the tip credit regulations, without Congressional action, and is refusing to allow employees to share tips even if the employer does not take a tip credit. This violates the clear language of the law and the intent of the law. Learn more here.
The Colorado legislative session kicked off on January 11 and we are already actively monitoring bills on a daily basis and have an update on some legislation that we are closely watching. (See the Legislative Update attached to the Newsletter) Feel free to call us if you have any questions or would like to weigh in on an issue. Our legislative committee meets weekly and is open to all members. If you are interested in participating, please contact Nick Hoover at (303) 830-2972.