Long story short. The hotel I work for was recently bought out. The new owners knew nothing about F&B. They offered me to take over the whole F&B which included weddings, banquets and liquor. I told them thanks, but no thanks, only because I did not have the capital to make pay roll. So they hire this guy that has his own catering biz. He starts and first month is fine. Next month checks were not being delivered on time, by a day or two. The guy totally destroys all out side biz by doing away with happy hour and specials. So biz starts to suffer. Pay checks are being delivered a week late. My staff is mad and starts freaking out, because they live pay check from paycheck. Some employees not being paid at all(dishwashers). Now we are at the point of pay checks being two weeks late, in my case three weeks late. I am owed two full paychecks. Two weeks ago my staff and myself refused to work any shifts till we are paid in full. I was paid one check, most of the staff is still waiting. Now he is just BSing everyone and barely returning my calls. He hired a new bartender and has a maintence guy from the hotel to cook(hahaha). I talked to the owners about us being paid and they say they have no part in his biz. So my question is what is the most effective way to get this guy to pay us? He swears up and down that I will be paid in full tomorrow(jan 4th). If I get a BS excuse I think I will try to put a little pressure on the hotel owners. Start by telling them that I will call the labor board, and IRS. I am really depending on this money, so it is very important to me. Any advice would be great.