The General Manager said the club collected tips on credit cards that were intended for servers at its Whitby Castle restaurant to offset labor costs because the workers were supplied through a staffing agency. The GM was placed on a 30-day paid administrative leave to investigate the issue and others raised by the membership.
Rye (N.Y.) Golf Club has been collecting tips on credit cards intended for servers at its Whitby Castle restaurant to offset labor costs, the Lower Hudson Valley (N.Y.) Journal News reported.
Club General Manager Scott Yandrasevich said during a public meeting on October 9 that because servers are supplied through a staffing agency, the credit card tips were kept by the club. He said he did not know what happened to cash tips. Yandrasevich was placed on a 30-day paid administrative leave after other issues were raised at the meeting, the Journal News reported.
“It’s under review with the city manager right now,” Mayor Douglas French said Friday.
New York state’s Department of Labor website says:
“When tips are given by customers via credit card, the employer must pay the employee the amount due no later than the next regularly scheduled pay day…It is unlawful for an employer, or any other person, to demand or accept any part of the tip earnings of an employee.”
Department spokesman Leo Rosales said he could not comment on the club’s policy, the Journal News reported.
“We would need to look at the facts of any case before determining any clear violation of law,” Rosales said.
The Rye Golf Club is operated under a city enterprise fund, supported entirely by fees and memberships. Questions surfaced several weeks ago over an alleged conflict of interest. Yandrasevich acknowledged that he has worked as a consultant for the same private employment agency, RM Staffing & Events, that he hired in 2007 to staff much of the club, the Journal News reported.profile