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Top Employment Law Myths Every Restaurant Owner Needs to Know

Owning and operating a successful restaurant requires compliance with a myriad of employment laws. Failing to comply with these laws can result in an expensive lesson. There are many employment law myths restaurant owners face in the context of overtime and minimum wage laws that can lead to serious consequences, but there are also steps that restaurant owners and managers can take to avoid those repercussions.

Will Trump Executive Order Boost Restaurant Jobs?

A new executive order from the Trump administration—issued Thursday and intended to scale back regulations and increase grant amounts for apprenticeship programs—could lead to an expanded restaurant workforce.

How to Prevent Accidents and the Lawsuits that Follow

Whether from spilled soda at the drink station, grease spots near the kitchen, or peanut shells carelessly tossed on the floor by the last customer, busy restaurants are at risk for a seemingly unlimited number of hazards—many of which are just lawsuits waiting to happen.

3 Ways to Avoid a Tip Pooling Lawsuit

The notion of servers, bartenders, cleaning staff, counter people, and others sharing tips is nothing new. It’s often a fair practice that will retain quality employees and build rapport amongst team members.

Innovative Coverage Concepts Launches Insurance for Restaurants

Innovative Coverage Concepts (ICC) is pleased to launch a new commercial umbrella insurance offering that will cover a broad range of restaurant and hospitality risks. The coverage will be available to upscale fine dining and casual dining establishments as well as upscale on-premises catering facilities.

American Shrimp Processors Association Supports Trump's New Buy America Executive Order

On April 18, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order to strengthen the Buy America component of the U.S. government’s procurement process. ASPA Executive Director Dr. David Veal made the following statement in support of the order:“President Trump’s Executive Order released on April 18 to strengthen our government’s Buy America program will create new jobs in the Gulf shrimp communities of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and across the country.

Are Your Employment Practices Setting You Up for a Discrimination Claim?

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently reached a settlement against a pizza restaurant franchisee with 31 locations in Florida for $140,000. Why? To answer that question we need to unpack the onboarding process and focus on the Employment Eligibility Verification form (the “Form I-9” or “I-9”).

Franchise Agreements: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Who doesn’t find inspiration in the story of the teenager from Connecticut who borrows a grand from family and friends to start his own restaurant? As the business begins to take off, he starts to sell franchises, eventually opening over 10,000 locations in 64 countries around the world.

NECG Announces New Partner for Restaurant Practice

The New England Group announced the addition of John Richards to its exclusive Restaurant practice. The existing Restaurant practice is headed by Founder & CEO, Gary Stibel and Managing Partner & Principal, Dave Stone in the company's Westport and Norwalk, Connecticut headquarters offices.

The Art of Selling a Restaurant

Selling a long-standing restaurant is no easy task. Take Merle Borenstein, who opened Armadillo’s Bar & Grill, a Southwestern eatery, in the then edgy Rondout area of Kingston, New York, in 1988, about 90 miles north of New York City.

Restaurant Law Center Files Petition with U.S. Supreme Court

On Thursday, the Restaurant Law Center is leading the effort of asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case, National Restaurant Association, et al. v. U.S. Department of Labor, et al., brought by the National Restaurant Association, the Alaska Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailers Association, the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association, and the Washington Hospitality Association.

Is Your Website ADA Compliant?

Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is not a novel concept for the restaurant industry. Since the ADA’s enactment, restaurants have grappled with ways to ensure that they are accessible to individuals with disabilities.