What To Legally Expect As A Salaried Restaurant Manager

Posted on: 18 September 2014

If you are just starting out in the hospitality industry as a salaried restaurant manager, you'll be paid a set salary instead of an hourly wage. This type of arrangement is attractive to many because of the additional benefits that come along with it. This guide will help you understand how this salary works, the type hours you'll be at the restaurant. and the perks you might enjoy.

Salaried Employees Don't Get Overtime

According to the Canadian Labour Code, companies are not required to pay managers and other professions overtime if they are in a salaried position.  

To obtain a salary instead of an hourly rate with overtime, your employer must properly classify your position. If your new restaurant job is that of a supervisor and not a manager, then you may be entitled to overtime pay.

The Association of Corporate Counsel lists several lawsuits where these misclassifications and other overtime pay offenses have occurred.

Salaried Employees Work Longer Hours

During your first several weeks as a salaried employee, you might notice that you are working longer hours than what you thought you would. Most restaurant managers do work in shifts, but those shifts are typically longer than eight hours. The exact amount that you'll work depends on the restaurant you work for.

Expect to report to the restaurant one or two hours before opening to get set up and to ensure that all employees are reporting for duty, if you work the day shift. Night shift managers usually work one or two hours after closing to perform closing duties, such as ensuring that the place is cleaned up by the employees and to balance the sales receipts.

If the restaurant is open on holidays or Sundays, your employer may require you to work. However, some facilities offer what is called a "comp day" that you can take off at another time as a bonus for working the holiday.

Salaried Employees Get More Perks

In addition to comp days for working holidays, expect to receive certain perks that other employees do not enjoy. Some of these perks include:

  • Additional vacation time
  • Expense accounts
  • Free meals
  • Profit sharing
  • Life insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Medical insurance, along with dental and vision insurance
  • Monetary bonuses

As you begin your new career in restaurant management, look for a company that offers the greatest pay and a large amount of perks to compensate you for the lack of overtime pay. Ask your lawyer to review the contract to see if there is something the company should be offering you that is not included. Finally, ask them to make sure that your position has the proper classification as a manager and not something else that would make you an hourly employee.


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