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Restaurant Industry

Eleventh Circuit Doesn’t Waffle on Enforceability of Arbitration Agreement

by Carlton Fields on

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal found that an arbitration agreement entered into by a putative class representative and his eventual employer was enforceable even though the agreement was signed after the plaintiff filed...more

The Not-So-Secret Recipe: How Restaurants Can Protect Their Trade Secrets

Restaurant fortunes are often attributable to just one or two signature dishes, and recipe ownership dilemmas can arise in restaurants of all sizes. Recent examples include a joint venture gone awry, resulting in a war over...more

Menu Labeling Litigation Update: FDA Files Motion to Dismiss Suit Challenging Agency’s Rule Delay, Urges Southern District to...

by Saul Ewing LLP on

This week, there were developments in two menu labeling lawsuits about which we reported previously: a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA or the Agency) delay of its menu labeling rule, and a...more

IRS and States Crack Down on POS Systems: Zapper Software

by Bowditch & Dewey on

A good point of sale (“POS”) system is critical for any business engaged in sales to the public and having one in place goes a long way to ensuring that revenue and profits are being reported properly to federal, state and...more

New Oregon Law Imposes Scheduling and Working Hours Obligations on Employers

by Littler on

A new Oregon statute will require certain large employers to provide their Oregon employees with advance notice of their work schedules. The notice period will initially be 7 days starting next year before increasing to 14...more

Oregon Becomes First State To Enact Scheduling-Protection Laws For Service Industry

Following similar local ordinances in New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle, Oregon has become the first state to enact a law restricting the scheduling practices of service-industry employers. On August 8, Gov. Kate...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: August 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Wage and Hour - Tenth Circuit Aligns with Cumbie on Tip Credits - In Marlow v. New Food Guy, Inc., No. 16-1134, 861 F. 3d 1157 (10th Cir. June 30, 2017), the court affirmed the district court's ruling, consistent with...more

Wage and Hour Update: DOL Proposes Changes to FLSA Tip-Pooling Rule

On July 20, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced that in August it plans to propose rescinding current restrictions on tip-pooling by employers who pay tipped employees the full minimum wage directly. Under...more

Oregon Becomes First State In Nation To Enact Scheduling Legislation

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Oregon has become the first U.S. state to regulate employer scheduling practices in the food service, hospitality, and retail industries. The new law, S.B. 828, will take effect July 1, 2018. Signed by Governor Kate Brown...more

Fictional, but Protectable: Court Finds Planned Real-World “The Krusty Krab” Restaurant Would Violate Viacom’s Trademark Rights

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Summary Judgment Order, Viacom International Inc. v. IJR Capital Investments, LLC, S.D. Tex. (January 11, 2017) (Judge Gray Miller) - The Emmy nominations have been announced, and the fall television season is just weeks...more

A Nation of Shopkeepers

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

David Rabinowitz and Matt Epstein who, with Nancy Davids, co-chair Goulston’s Retail, Restaurant and Consumer Group, spent some time in London last month surveying the retail landscape. There are both similarities and...more

DOL Halts Enforcement of Tip Pooling Rules

In 2011, the Obama Department of Labor (DOL) adopted a rule stating that service industry employers could not implement tip pooling rules, even if they did not claim the tip credit for minimum wage compliance purposes. Tip...more

WPI Wage Watch: Minimum Wage and Overtime Updates (July Edition)

by Littler on

It’s summertime, but the living is anything but easy for employers trying to track minimum wage and overtime developments. The U.S. Department of Labor is defending legal challenges to various rules the Obama administration...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | July 2017#3

EU to Issue Guidelines on Discriminatory Food Distribution - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has reportedly indicated the EU will issue guidelines discouraging companies from selling apparently identical...more

The Mysterious Case of the Disappearing Type II: Town not Permitted to Reclassify a Type I Action as a Type II Action

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In Miranda Holdings v. Town Board of Town of Orchard Park, ____ N.Y.S. 3d, ____, 2017 WL 2884633 (4th Dept. July 7, 2017), Petitioner, Miranda, proposed a commercial structure that included a restaurant with a drive-through...more

Tip Pools Still too Cold for Swimming out West: Best Practices in Light of DOL Changes

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced plans to rescind the 2011 regulation that prohibited employers from distributing tips through mandatory tip pools that include back-of-the-house employees like...more

DOL Announces Intent to Rescind Rule Restricting the Allocation of Gratuities to Non-Tipped Employees When the Employer Does Not...

by Littler on

Restaurants, hotels, and other businesses that employ tipped workers have long wrestled with a seemingly simple, but actually intractable, question: who is entitled to receive a share of a guest’s gratuities? If an employer...more

Employers’ right to keep employee tips

by McAfee & Taft on

A recent decision by the federal appeals court that covers Oklahoma ruled that employers are not required to share customer tips with employees who are already receiving wages at or above the minimum wage amount....more

Colorado District Court Dismisses Data Breach Class Action Against Noodles & Company

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado recently dismissed a proposed class action lawsuit filed by financial institutions relating to a 2016 data breach that involved hundreds of Noodles & Company (Noodles)...more

The Department of Labor Changes Course on Tip-Pooling Restrictions

by FordHarrison on

Quite a bit of effort goes into making an enjoyable restaurant experience, such as good food, prompt service and, of course, cleanliness. Want to reward the dishwashers for providing you with spotless silverware, expediters...more

Predictive Scheduling and the Fight for a “Fair Workweek”: What Employers Need to Know

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Retailers and fast food companies in particular should be aware of the growing push for “fair workweek” legislation at the city, state, and federal levels. In just the past few years, over a dozen states and cities have...more

Meat Market San Juan Agrees to Conciliate EEOC Age Discrimination Investigation

SAN JUAN, P.R. - Meat Market San Juan, LLC, a steakhouse in San Juan, P.R., has agreed to pay a monetary amount to unsuccessful job applicants and to maintain a workplace free of discrimination to resolve an age...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | July 2017 #2

GE Salmon Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has introduced a bill that would require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) salmon and independent scientific review of the U.S. Food and...more

Restaurants, Grocery Stores, and Convenience Stores Sue to Block New York City's Menu Labeling Rule

by Saul Ewing LLP on

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA or the Agency) decision a couple of months ago to delay its Menu Labeling Rule until May 7, 2018 was met with mixed reactions from industry. While the National Association of...more

So You Say You Want a Revolution? Franchises Evolve as Retail Declines

by Lewitt Hackman on

You’ve seen the news: retailers are struggling. Traditional anchor stores like Macy’s and Sears are closing up shop, creating a domino effect of fiscal death for shopping malls across the country. The Los Angeles Times...more

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