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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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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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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

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

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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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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

Note: Industry Insight reviewed/updated in February 2021.

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

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

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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

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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Uniforms: Guide to uniforms

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

For restaurant operators supporting unionizing efforts, the labor law requirements are not as stringent as they are for restaurant operators…

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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…