The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) generally requires that businesses provide qualified individuals with disabilities equal access to their programs, services, or activities.
The California Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (“the Act”), entitling California employees to paid sick leave, has been in effect since July 1, 2015…
New regulations, higher priorities assigned by the federal government and private litigants seeking worldwide compliance, means Title III under the Americans with Disabilities Act
When addressing the needs of applicants or employees with disabilities, California employers must be careful to comply with two laws: (1) the federal Americans…
While most restaurant owners accept credit and debit cards, very few understand the financial strain that may result if data thieves break into the
Employee theft in the workplace is a growing problem that affects many employers. Nearly 95 percent of all businesses suffer from theft in the workplace and approximately
Tips and their distribution among the staff have plagued the hospitality industry for years. Federal courts interpret the federal law differently and states have enacted their own statutes that place
The California Labor Code defines a minor as “any person under the age of 18 years who is required to attend school …”
Terminating an employment relationship is never easy. Many people fail to appreciate how personally and legally difficult separating someone’s employment is for an employer.
Employees are either exempt or non-exempt. Exempt employees are exempt from many wage and hour requirements–most notably, the overtime requirement.
Depending on their size, California employers are required to comply with several leave of absence laws, including the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), and the Parent Leave Act (PLA).
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 extends immediate, major ramifications on the nation’s health care system, the actions of both
Since the California Restaurant Association first published the report AIDS in the Workplace: Facts and Fears in 1985, the level of public education and
Service animals enrich the lives of many disabled Americans by performing vital tasks to increase their owners’ safety, mobility and independence.
NOTE: There may be yet another delay on the menu labeling requirements. Please check back for the latest updates.
Pursuant to Civil Code Section 1749.5, it is unlawful to sell gift certificates with an expiration date. It is also unlawful to refuse to redeem for cash when the certificate value is less than
With the passage of Proposition 64, also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, California voters legalized the recreational use of marijuana for adults 21 years old and over.
Meal and rest periods are required for every five consecutive hours worked. Here are the general requirements and employer obligations.
Both state and federal laws protect employees who are serving on active duty in the military from losing any employment rights or benefits.
Restaurant and alcohol beverage service operators are often caught off-guard when they receive a letter or phone call from a representative from a performing rights society–such as ASCAP or BMI–informing them that they owe fees for using music in their establishments.
The overtime rules affecting California’s food and alcohol/beverage service industries are described in Industrial Welfare Commission Order 5-2001
California voters approved Proposition 65 in 1986, creating the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act.
It’s tax time, and you’ve recently noticed that old files have taken up what little filing space you have left. Can you throw some of them away?
There is a lot of capital required to run a restaurant, and one of the main costs associated with operations is your physical space.
UPDATE: What constitutes a service charge vs. a tip?
Sexual harassment continues to be a problem in the workplace as more employers are being forced to spend money on costly lawsuits.
California continues to set national and worldwide precedent in prohibitions on indoor and outdoor smoking. The following is a summary of California’s statewide…
The Industrial Welfare Commission defines a split shift as a work schedule that is interrupted by a non-paid, non-working period established by the employer that is
To help you understand the functions of the various state and federal government agencies that regulate your business, CRA presents this report.
All too often, the restaurant industry suffers from quick hires based on the need to immediately fill a demand – otherwise known as the…
Restaurants may implement neutral patron conduct rules, dress codes or other neutral admission policies that are equally applicable to all persons regardless
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is the federal labor and employment law which governs the payment of wages to employees. The FLSA is enforced
TEFRA requires tipped employees working at “large food or beverage establishments” to report, at a minimum, 8 percent of the establishment’s gross…
On June 20, 2012, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Ruling 2012-18 to clarify and update existing guidelines on taxation issues affecting the hospitality industry.
TRAC encourages tip reporting by focusing on charge receipts and enlisting the assistance of the employer in monitoring the reporting of tips.
Over twenty states and several major counties and cities have enacted nondiscrimination laws protecting gender identity or expression in the employment context…
Due to a myriad of legislative and court decisions, some restaurants in California have elected to add a surcharge to their receipts to defray increased costs incurred over the last several years.
Unemployment Insurance (UI) is an unavoidable cost that almost every employer is forced to endure. While employers cannot necessarily avoid paying…
Many restaurant operators are confused about uniforms. What they are? Who buys them? Who takes care of them? These are all very common questions that operators will have.
In 1983, approximately 20 percent of all workers were union members. Since then, the rate of membership has steadily declined. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics…
With the exception of standard payroll tax deductions, the law generally prohibits an employer from deducting any wages from an employee’s paycheck…
Wage theft occurs when an employee earns less money than his or her employer is legally required to pay. This usually arises when an employee alleges…
This article will walk employers through the quagmire of state versus federal law in the area of immigration field visits. This article does not address administrative agency subpoenas in general.
Year after year, the restaurant industry is one of the primary targets of government enforcement sweeps…