Can somebody please explain to me why drivers cannot be paid at the tipped employee minimum vs. regular minimum like a server (assuming they do NOT perform any kitchen duties?
Before any drivers go postal on me let me explain that I am not trying to take advantage of anyone here…my delivery guys are making great money and never leave. My drivers are currently paid $9.15/hr in the wonderful state of CT and average over $3.50 per delivery (many of which are multiple orders per run). I have 4 company owned vehicles where I pay for the gas & insurance so there is no out-of-pocket costs. On weekends when it is busy I reimburse the additional drivers $1.50 each order so they average approx. $5 per delivery. My drivers are staffed so all they do is deliveries…they do not even put together their order other than grab drinks/desserts!! In the rare instance they do not have a delivery ready they could occupy themselves making boxes, but they do not do any other kitchen duties other than the last driver takes empties the trash bins for the servers at the end of the night. My guys do no less than 20 deliveries per shift.
I understand if I have them doing dishes & cutting pizzas, but it seems to me that the tipped employee minimum of $5.78 in CT combined with their CREDIT CARD TIPS ALONE would more than cover the difference. Just a footmote than I do not even want to go that low…for the last 8 yrs I have been paying the regular minimum but after the last increase and with it going to $10 soon I think this is getting ridiculous…I get it for my guys in the kitchen…I pay them alot more than minimum cross the board.