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A CRA Member Exclusive

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ADA Compliance for Websites

Last Updated/Reviewed: 2023

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) generally requires that businesses provide qualified individuals…

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California’s Paid Sick Leave Law

Last Updated/Reviewed: 2024

California workers are covered by regular CA Paid Sick Leave laws and CA Paid Family Leave. All of which provide employees avenues to flexibly take time…

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Cellular Telephones

Note: Highlighted words or sections indicate new or updated material from the last version of this guidance.

While at work, we expect our employees to devote their fully energy and attention to conducting company business. Receiving personal phone…

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Confidentiality Agreement

Our legal partner Anthony Zaller has created this confidentiality agreement template for use by CRA members as needed. We recommend that…

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Don’t be a target for hackers

While most restaurant owners accept credit and debit cards, very few understand the financial strain that may result if data thieves break…

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Employment termination

Last Updated/Reviewed: 2023

Terminating an employment relationship is never easy. Many people fail to appreciate how personally and legally…

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Employees versus independent contractors

Last Updated/Reviewed: 2023

With limited exceptions, workers who perform services for a business are either employees or independent contractors. An independent contractor…

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Employer-mandated tip pooling guidelines

Last Updated/Reviewed: 2024

Tips and their distribution among the staff have plagued the hospitality industry for years. Federal courts interpret the federal law differently…

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Employment of minors

Last Updated/Reviewed: 2023

Passed and signed into law in late 2020, AB1963 established that “mandated reporters” now include certain supervisor and human resources…

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How to provide equal access for all

Last Updated/Reviewed: 2023

Service animals enrich the lives of many disabled Americans by performing vital tasks to increase their owners’ safety, mobility…

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Marijuana use in California restaurants

Note: Industry Insight reviewed/updated in November 2022.

In 2016, Proposition 64, known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, effectively legalized the use of recreational…

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Minors and Bars: The Basics

Everyone knows that in California you must be 21 in order to consume alcoholic beverages. However, can someone under the age…

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Music use and copyright law

Note: Industry Insight reviewed/updated in January 2022.

Restaurant owners and operators are often caught off-guard when they receive a letter or phone call from a representative…

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An Overview of Overtime Laws

Last Updated/Reviewed: 2023

The overtime rules affecting California’s food and alcohol/beverage service industries are described in Industrial Welfare…

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PAGA

Last Updated/Reviewed: 2024

If you received a PAGA notice, count yourself as one of thousands of employers who receive one every…

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Restaurant Lease Guide for Business Owners

Last Updated/Reviewed: 2023

There is a lot of capital required to run a restaurant, and one of the main costs associated with operations is your physical space. However, before signing any lease, whether…

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Service charges definition and guidelines

Last Updated/Reviewed: 2023

In a ruling issued in June 2012, the Internal Revenue Service clarified the difference between a tip and a service charge for…

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Sexual Harassment: An employer’s guide

Note: Industry Insight reviewed/updated in February 2021.

In today’s current climate, sexual harassment has become a prevalent and prominent topic of discourse in the media. Sexual harassment awareness has…

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Mental Health Issues

Note: Industry Insight reviewed/updated in November 2022.

Mental illness has been stigmatized in society. Until recently, and to avoid being singled out, judged or marginalized…

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Tip reporting requirements

Last Updated/Reviewed: 2023

In August 1982, Congress enacted the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 (TEFRA), one of the most far-reaching tax laws in…

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Tips defined and guidelines

On June 20, 2012, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Ruling 2012-18 to clarify and update existing guidelines on taxation…

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Uniforms: Guide to uniforms

Last Updated/Reviewed: 2023

Many restaurant operators are confused about uniforms. What they are? Who buys them? Who takes care of them? These…

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Unionization and the workplace

Last Updated/Reviewed: 2024

In 2024, unionization remains a key concern for employers. In 2022, the NLRB reported the highest number of unionization…

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Wage deductions and garnishments

Last Updated/Reviewed: 2024

With the exception of standard payroll tax deductions, the law generally prohibits an employer from deducting any wages from an employee’s paycheck…