Legal

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.

Oak Street Funding Hires Associate Chief Counsel

Oak Street Funding, a First Financial Bank company, which is the Bank’s national platform for niche commercial asset classes, has hired Dave Bullington as Associate Chief Counsel.As a part of Oak Street’s growth strategy, he will be aiding in the move from outsourced to in-house legal processes, which will significantly reduce the current turnaround times and expenses while improving the client experience.

Perry McGuire Named Georgia Trend’s 2016 Legal Elite

SGR Attorney and Georgia Restaurant Association Board Member Perry McGuire Selected as Georgia Trend’s 2016 Legal EliteSmith, Gambrell & Russell, LLPAttorney and Georgia Restaurant Association Board Member Perry McGuire has been recognized as one of Georgia Trend’s 2016 Legal Elite, a list of Georgia’s top attorneys in nearly 300 law firms selected from 14 different practice areas, as nominated and chosen by their peers.

Maintaining a Safe Workplace in States Where Marijuana is Legal

Marijuana is now a legal substance in 26 states and the District of Columbia, with three more states—California, Massachusetts, and Nevada—following suit in 2017. The movement to legalize marijuana introduces many complicated workplace safety issues that restaurant owners and managers would be wise to consider.