Industry Insights


ADA Compliance for Websites

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) generally requires that businesses provide qualified individuals with disabilities equal access to their programs, services, or activities.


California’s Paid Sick Leave Law

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…


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 into the


Employment of minors

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


Employment termination

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.


Guide to family, medical and pregnancy leave

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).


Marijuana use in restaurants

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.


Smoking and the hospitality industry

California continues to set national and worldwide precedent in prohibitions on indoor and outdoor smoking. The following is a summary of California’s statewide…

Labor + Employment

Split Shifts: How to handle split shifts

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


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…


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 issues affecting the hospitality industry.


Understanding and guidance on surcharges

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.


Uniforms: Guide to uniforms

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.


Unionization and the workplace

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…

Minimum Wage

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…