Either way, if you're planning on dining out, today might be a good day to throw a couple extra percentage points onto your usual tip (assuming you do tip). To do our part, we've put together a few tips of our own -- legal tips, naturally.
Don't wait... check out our Top 5 legal tips for waiters and waitresses:
Combined wages and tips must at least equal the minimum wage. Under federal law, an employee who regularly gets tips can be paid less than the federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour, but only if their tips, when combined with wages earned, equal at least $7.25/hour. If the tips and wages fall short, the employer must pay the difference. But remember, federal minimum wage is the baseline; many states have set a higher minimum wage for tipped employees.
Don't insult customers, even if it's just a joke. Although your co-workers and you may enjoy lightening the mood with some humor, don't do it at the expense of customers. In the age of the Internet and social media, that's a great way to get your company sued and get yourself fired.