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Who’s the PATRÓN Anyway?

PATRÓN (meaning “boss” or “landlord” in Spanish) is a pretty famous brand name of tequila (federally-registered since 1993), and don’t forget this gem from the archives...more

The Minimum Wage in 2017: A Coast-to-Coast Compliance Challenge

Minimum-wage-related actions in 2016 will create challenges for employers starting in 2017. Although 2016 was not necessarily a record year for passage of state minimum wage laws in general, it did break ground concerning the...more

Has Pennsylvania’s New Liquor Legislation Made Brew Pub Licenses Obsolete?

Until recently, Pennsylvania breweries have been able to open up a world of possibilities by obtaining a GP-license to operate a brew pub at their brewery premises. The new legislation, however, has changed the situation. ...more

Data Breach Handbook for the Restaurant Industry

Although statistics vary, in 2015 there were approximately 3930 incidents involving data loss and, according to one watchdog group, those incidents impacted over 736 million consumer records. Many of those data security...more

Nevada’s Trio of Cases: State Supreme Court Resolves Questions on the Minimum Wage Amendment

On October 27, 2016, the Supreme Court of Nevada issued decisions in a trio of cases resolving important questions about Nevada’s Minimum Wage Amendment. In 2006, the Minimum Wage Amendment amended the Nevada...more

Pairing Dinners by New Jersey BYOBs: Did I inadvertently sell alcohol?

Many unlicensed restaurants (BYOBs) promote what are sometimes referred to as “Pairing Dinners,” where the restaurant prepares a dining menu that is complemented by wine, beer, or spirits with each course. These can be great...more

NY Legislature Approves 10 a.m. Start Time for Serving Alcohol

After a Saturday night of taking in the Big Apple, you meet your friends for 10:00 a.m. brunch on the Upper West Side. You decide that you’d like to chase your blueberry pancakes with a refreshing mimosa, but the server...more

Not So Consumer Friendly? Pa.L.C.B. Says No Discount for Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries When Purchasing Wine or Spirits...

Recently, the Pa.L.C.B. released a legal advisory opinion regarding a brewery, winery or distillery’s ability to purchase and sell the products from limited wineries and limited distilleries that are carried in the state...more

Mandatory Use of Payroll Debit Cards Violates Pennsylvania's Wage Payment and Collection Law

Over 2,300 current and former employees of 16 McDonald’s franchisee locations in Pennsylvania claimed that mandatory use of payroll debit cards violates the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law (“WPCL”), and the...more

For Food & Beverage Entrepreneurs, Financing Deals Often Come In More Flavors Than Just Vanilla: Insights from Nutter’s Will...

Will Bernat, a partner in Nutter’s Business Department and a member of the firm’s Emerging Companies and Commercial Finance practice groups, weighed in on financing deals for food and beverage companies in Nutter Insights....more

Reading the Fine Print: Changes in Legal Framework for the Assessment and Display of Service Charges

Service charges, administrative charges, surcharges, house fees—whatever you call those charges assessed for food and beverage service in restaurants and in hotels—the rules about how they need to be disclosed to guests and...more

Seattle Secure Scheduling Ordinance Set to Take Effect July 1, 2017

On Sept. 19, 2016, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed the Secure Scheduling Ordinance, which applies to large retail and food service employers in Seattle. It requires these employers to provide employees with...more

Florida's Minimum Wage Rises to $8.10 in 2017

Florida’s minimum wage will increase effective January 1, 2017 as follows: - Florida’s minimum wage will increase by five cents from $8.05 to $8.10 per hour. - Florida’s minimum wage for tipped employees will...more

The Power of Pop-ups: From Fad to Retail Mainstay

Pop-up stores or “flash retail” have graduated from passing trend to popular practice. Historically utilized for the sale of seasonal products (think temporary stores that only sell Halloween costumes), the pop-up has evolved...more

EEOC Resuelve Caso de Robo de Salario Discriminatorio

Steamboat Springs restaurante que pagar $50,000 (50 mil dolares) por falta de pago de salarios adecuados a Los trabajadores latinos debido a su raza u origen nacional - DENVER - En Steamboat Springs, Colorado, el...more

EEOC Conciliates Discriminatory Wage Theft Case

Steamboat Springs Restaurant to Pay $50,000 for Failing to Pay Proper Wages to Latino Workers Because of Race or National Origin - DENVER - A Steamboat Springs, Colo., restaurant has agreed to pay $50,000 to resolve race...more

UPDATE: Bill Requiring Mandatory Training for Alcohol Servers Vetoed by Governor Brown

Update (9.30.16): California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed AB 2121, a bill that would have required bartenders to complete a course to help them identify customers who may be intoxicated and to intervene. Under the bill,...more

Food For Thought: How Delivery-Only Food Service Is Impacting Retail Real Estate

Today’s consumer is a tricky one – she is impatient and demanding. She requires excellent service in the blink of an eye (or perhaps, more appropriately, in the swipe of a finger), and likes to eat meals made with high...more

Attention Seattle Food Service and Retail Employers: City Council Passes Secure Scheduling Ordinance

On September 19, 2016, Seattle became the second city in the nation (after San Francisco) to pass a “Secure Scheduling Ordinance” with broad implications for the food service and retail industries within Seattle’s city...more

Seattle’s New Secure Scheduling Ordinance

The Seattle City Council unanimously passed the Secure Scheduling Ordinance (Ordinance) on September 19, 2016. The Ordinance imposes new requirements on certain employers in the retail and food services industries for their...more

Seattle City Council Approves Secure Scheduling Ordinance

As widely anticipated, on September 19, 2016, the Seattle City Council passed the Secure Scheduling Ordinance (SSO), CB 118765, by a unanimous vote. The SSO mandates that large retail and food service employers provide two...more

BIG BROTHER: Seattle’s Secure Scheduling Ordinance Will Be Watching Employers’ Every Move

On September 19, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a secure scheduling ordinance that will regulate how large retail stores and food-service employers schedule workers working in Seattle. Mayor Ed Murray is expected...more

Mayflower Seafood of Goldsboro Agrees To Pay $81,500 To Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Server/Cashier at Restaurant Subjected to Sexual Harassment and Then Retaliation for Complaining About It, Federal Agency Charged - RALEIGH, N.C. - A Goldsboro, N.C., seafood restaurant will pay $81,500 and furnish other...more

Alert: Seattle City Council to Vote 09/19/16 on Employee Scheduling Ordinance

The Seattle City Council is expected to vote Monday, Sept. 19, 2016 on a highly controversial ordinance that would impose numerous and complex employee scheduling restrictions on certain Seattle businesses. Called the “Secure...more

Food and Beverage Alert - September 2016

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. Colorado judge permits Boulder initiative on sugary drinks to proceed. A...more

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