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A CRA Member Exclusive

These valuable resources are an exclusive benefit for California Restaurant Association Members. If you are interested in becoming a member click here to join or to have a Member Development Manager reach out to you directly.

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Cellular Telephones

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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Employment of minors

The California Labor Code defines a minor as “any person under the age of 18 years who is required to attend…

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Legal restrictions on gift cards and certificates

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

Pursuant to Civil Code Section 1749.5, it is unlawful to sell gift certificates or gift cards with an expiration…

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Military leave: rights and responsibilities

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Both state and federal laws protect employees who are serving on active duty in the military from losing any…

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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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Overtime: An overview of overtime

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

The overtime rules affecting California’s food and alcohol/beverage service industries are described in Industrial Welfare Commission Order 5-2001 (Hours, Wages and Working…

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PAGA

Many restaurant operators are unfortunately all too familiar with the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). PAGA claims continue to…

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Service charges definition and guidelines

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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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The dos and don’ts of interviewing and hiring

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All too often, the restaurant industry suffers from “warm body syndrome.” Due to the pressures of this business…

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Tip reporting requirements

TEFRA requires tipped employees working at “large food or beverage establishments” to report, at a minimum, 8 percent of the establishment’s gross…

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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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Understanding and guidance on surcharges

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Due to a myriad of legislative and court decisions, some restaurants in California have elected to add a surcharge…

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Wage deductions and garnishments

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

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Wage enforcement

Wage theft occurs when an employee earns less money than his or her employer is legally required to pay. This usually arises when an…