The U.S. Department of Labor published a final rule in May on the changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime rules. The new rules would make salaried workers eligible for overtime pay as of December 1, if they earn $47,500 or less per year. Currently, you are only required to pay overtime to salaried workers who earn $23,660 or less. This could have a significant impact on restaurant budgets: the average wage for chefs, head cooks, and pastry chefs is $45,920, and entry-level manager salaries may fall within the new range as well. All of these employees may regularly work more than 40 hours per week at no extra pay to accomplish the tasks they are responsible for.
The FLSA changes will make controlling overtime more important than ever for your restaurant. Monitor labor data and leverage workforce management solutions to help you forecast labor and schedule the right number of people on a shift to avoid overtime. Also consider technology that automates processes and increases efficiencies, such as a kitchen display system (KDS) and an online scheduling module. Investments in solutions that save time will help save overtime costs.
To learn more about how your POS system can provide you with data to help manage your restaurant, contact Leebro POS today.