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Question: 
I am a high school student and just received my first paycheck from a new part-time job. When I started, I was told it paid minimum wage at first and then would go up from there. But the hourly rate on my paystub is below minimum wage. How do I address this?
Answer: 

There are a few reasons that your pay rate may be lower than you think it should be:

  • Your employer is taking the
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Question: 
After I braise my lamb shoulder, how do I keep it moist for service?
Answer: 

By using shoulder rather than a leaner, more delicate cut, you are definitely on the right track to moist, succulent lamb.

Some suggestions:

  • Braised
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Question: 
How do I get started with composting? My waste company won’t handle it. 
Answer: 

There are many benefits to composting organic matter rather than throwing it in the dumpster:

  • Reduced carting expenses
  • Source of rich soil
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Question: 
If an employer has a waitress come in an hour early to do side work, then makes the waitstaff clean the restaurant all day while they wait tables and while they are dead with no business, is this acceptable?
Answer: 

While no one likes cleaning and side work, most of what you describe sounds like a normal part of the job and normal practice. If your employer...

Question: 
I experienced a tip pool where servers were rated and received tips at 60, 80 or 100 points based on performance such as check average and total sales. In our restaurant, gratuities are distributed via paycheck and staff receive equal portions per hour based on job title. However, there is no adjustment given if one person performs better than the other or carries a majority of the workload. Are there any limitations prohibiting unequal tip distribution according to a ranking system such that there are tangible metrics established?
Answer: 

It is a commendable goal to look at performance metrics to make sure your employees are performing to their potential and have incentive to excel. On the surface, there...

Question: 
I applied for a new job and my new employer is requiring employment verification from my previous employers before I can start. One of my previous employers won't provide it (we had a disagreement which led to me leaving). Is there anything I can do legally or otherwise to require that he completes the form?
Answer: 

Employment verification forms are fairly common in the industry—a way for an employer to verify claims made on the resume of a prospective employee. For the most part,...

Question: 
How can I offer an existing fast-food location in Puerto Rico to parties that may be interested?
Answer: 

Last week’s question on setting a value on a restaurant for...

Question: 
How do you arrive at a sale price for a restaurant that is in a leased space?
Answer: 

Valuing a restaurant is always tricky because you need to separate the real assets and liabilities of the company from the value of the brand. For example, a pizza shop...

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