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New Salary Requirements Ahead for Exempt Managers?

The Fair Labor Standards Act places important limits on how restaurant operators set the compensation of their store managers and assistants. Specifically, the FLSA requires non-exempt employees to be paid overtime for hours worked beyond 40 in a workweek.

A New Proposal from the DOL Sets $35K Overtime Threshold

The U.S. Department of Labor shared late Thursday a highly anticipated proposal to change overtime pay requirements. The proposal states that workers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act who make less than 35,308 per year (or $679 per week), unless exempt, are automatically eligible for time-and-a-half pay for all hours worked beyond 40 a week.

NYPD Closes Mario Batali Sexual Misconduct Investigations

On January 9, the New York Police Department closed its investigations into chef and restaurateur Mario Batali without filing charges, reported CNN.A law enforcement official told CNN one of the cases the NYPD’s Special Victims Division was investigating was still within the statute of limitations, however “the NYPD was not able to develop probable cause in either of the two cases.

Kona Grill Hit With Nasdaq Delisting Notification

Kona Grill’s road to becoming America’s best happy hour could face a roadblock. The Nasdaq Stock Market notified Kona Grill it failed to comply with market rules and could be delisted.On January 4, the Arizona-based company filed documents, which notified the Securities and Exchange Commission that the company received a deficiency notice from the Nasdaq Stock Market.

Successful Restaurants Begin with a 5-Star Lease

As a restaurant owner, your primary focus is on delivering a memorable experience for your customers that is unparalleled by your competition. You dedicate time and energy to developing a mouth-watering menu with trendy refreshments, to be served by a team of professionals who are polite and friendly, while delivering a sought-after ambiance.

DOL Quashes Confusing 80/20 Rule for Tipped Employees. What Now?

The Department of Labor (DOL) under the Trump administration has been particularly busy these past two years proposing and implementing changes, especially when it comes to tipped employees. From proposing rules about tip-sharing to opining on wage rates for non-tipped work, it can be difficult for employers with tipped workers to keep up.

Top Chef Star Mike Isabella to Close Nearly All Restaurants

Only three months after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Washington D.C.-based chef Mike Isabella announced he will be shutting down his entire company, Mike Isabella Concepts. The restaurant group filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy December 12, which means it will cease operations and liquidate assets to pay its debts.

3 Steps to Trademarking Your Restaurant’s Brand

Whether clever and cute or straightforward and simple, a restaurant’s branding is one of its most important assets. A name or logo, also known as a trademark, is often guests’ first impression of a business—not to mention how people differentiate one place from another.

Department of Labor Retracts Controversial 80/20 Rule

On November 8, the Department of Labor retracted the Obama-era “80/20 rule” and clarified guidelines on how employers should properly compensate tipped employees.Since it began on March 2, 2009, the confusing “80/20” rule has been causing headaches and lawsuits for restaurant employees.

Hub Announces Hospitality Captive Insurance Solution

Hub International Limited, a leading global insurance brokerage, announced the launch of its Hospitality captive, an exclusive member-owned group captive insurance solution. The captive was designed for hospitality clients and prospects to gain better insight into exposures and risks, and to turn that knowledge into cost savings and rewards with the potential to earn back as much as 60 percent of their insurance premium.

Labor and Employment Guidelines for New Restaurants

Opening a new restaurant means navigating a maze of creative, logistical, and legal challenges that would make American film producer M. Night Shyamalan blush. From tricky wage and hour laws to devilishly short immigration forms, there are employment law hurdles lurking around every turn.

DRIVE-Safe Act Introduced in the U.S. Senate

U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-IN), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and James M. Inhofe (R-OK), with support from the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA), introduced the DRIVE-Safe Act, critical legislation that addresses the massive driver shortage affecting the movement of commerce in our country and provides enhanced safety training for emerging trucking professionals.

The Decision That Could Alter Employment Contracts for Restaurants

On Monday, May 21, the Supreme Court ruled that class- and collective-action waivers in employee arbitration agreements are enforceable and may prohibit employees from pursuing class- or collective-action lawsuits for workplace claims, a decision that could alter employment contracts in the restaurant industry moving forward.

Lessons on Leasing for Restaurant Operators

The best restaurateurs are good at the details: they pay attention to what ingredients go into the food, how each dish is plated and served, how much liquor is sold, and how quickly the tables turn.They need to train that same laser focus on a critical piece of paper that can spell the difference between big profits and big headaches: the lease.