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Tip Credits: Is the DOL’s 20 Percent Guidelines a Bridge Too Far?

When does a server stop being a server? According to the Department of Labor’s enforcement handbook, when servers spend more than 20 percent of their time on non-tip generating activities. Relying on that interpretation, courts have held that employers lose the benefit of the tip credit provision when servers spend in excess of 20 percent of their time on such activities.

Mario Batali Leaves Company Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Chef Mario Batali is taking a leave of absence from his company and TV show following accusations of habitual sexual harassment, which surfaced in an Eater New York story published Monday morning. According to the publication, at least four women accused the famed chef of inappropriately touching them during his time at the helm of his company, including groping their breasts and buttocks, among other claims.

Proposed DOL Rule Could Change Tip Pooling

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Labor proposed a new tip pooling rule that would expand the number of employees eligible for tip pooling to include more back-of-house workers and potentially managers.

Shareholders Look to Stop Ruby Tuesday Deal

Claiming that the deal “significantly undervalues” Ruby Tuesday, a proposed class of Ruby Tuesday Inc. shareholders filed suit against the company and its impending sale in Tennessee federal court last week.

Winco Settles with San Jamar on Anti-Slip Cutting Boards

San Jamar has long been recognized as an industry leader in providing premium, innovative solutions for the foodservice industry that are smarter, safer, and more sanitary.In that spirit, San Jamar exercises its right to protect its’ image and provide products of the highest standard, for which San Jamar is known.

The Obama-Era Overtime Rule is Finished

The Obama-era overtime rule was struck down by a Texas federal judge Thursday, putting an end to a controversial and often-hotly contested rule that would have dramatically changed the way restaurants around the country conduct business.

NYC Hits the Brakes on Menu-Labeling Enforcement

New York City is doing something it isn’t exactly known for: Slowing down. The Big Apple reached an agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regarding the impending enforcement of the controversial menu-labeling law.

Domestic Shrimp Industry Scores Victory in Congressional Import Monitoring Program

On Thursday, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) added language to the FY2018 Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee bill to ensure that the Seafood Import Monitoring Program for shrimp is fully implemented on the same timeline with all other species.

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.