Restaurant Industry

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Noodles & Company alerts customers of credit card compromise

According to Noodles & Company (“Noodles”), it received information from Visa that Visa cards used by customers at its fast-food chains since January have “possibly” been compromised. It is presently investigating unusual...more

O’Charley’s diners warned of payment card data breach

Diners who used credit and debit cards at the Tennessee based O’Charley’s restaurants between March 18, 2016, and April 8, 2016, were notified by O’Charley’s of a data breach that affected its point of sale systems. Consumers...more

Restaurants and Food Retailers Are Now Required to Post Proposition 65 Warning Signs about BPA in All California Locations

As of May 11, 2016, all businesses that distribute or sell food and beverage products in California that potentially contain bisphenol A (BPA) are required to provide a warning under California’s Proposition 65 to consumers....more

Retail and Hospitality Employers Grapple With the DOL's Final FLSA Part 541 Regulations

For over a year, retail and hospitality employers have been anxiously awaiting the issuance of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) final overtime regulations—regulations which many had predicted would impact retail and...more

Generic Churrascos at the Federal Circuit

The Federal Circuit recently provided additional guidance concerning whether an applied-for mark is generic in In re Cordua Restaurants, Inc., (May 13, 2016). This case stemmed from the United States Patent and Trademark...more

Watch Out: Ontario Ministry of Labour Inspection Blitzes/Initiatives Are Coming

The Ontario Ministry of Labour recently announced its 2016 and 2017 enforcement blitz and initiative schedule. In an effort to emphasize the importance of protecting workers’ rights and ensuring employer compliance with both...more

Enforcement Date & Notable Differences In FDA’s Final Guidance For Menu Labeling

On May 5, 2016, FDA published a Notice of Availability (NOA) of its Final Guidance on menu labeling, entitled “Guidance for Industry: A Labeling Guide for Restaurants and Retail Establishments Selling Away-From-Home Foods -...more

FDA Announces Availability of Final Guidance on Menu Labeling

On May 5, 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the availability of its final menu labeling guidance, “A Labeling Guide for Restaurants and Retail Establishments Selling Away-From-Home Foods – Part II...more

FDA releases final guidance on menu labeling – new compliance date of May 2017 expected

The Food and Drug Administration has released its final guidance for industry on compliance with federal menu labeling laws. This highly anticipated document provides answers to many frequently asked questions and addresses...more

Crowdfund Your Restaurant: New Equity Financing Option Could be Industry Game Changer

Have you always dreamed of investing in a restaurant, but never had the capital necessary to make that vision a reality? Or, perhaps you are an aspiring restaurateur looking to engage local food lovers more deeply in the...more

Employers Face Exposure for Cyberbreaches

A newly filed lawsuit in California and a recent decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit serve as reminders to employers that the protection of sensitive employee information from cyberthreats remains...more

When a State Franchise Law Imposes an Obligation That Federal Law Preempts: What Dickey's Means for Franchisors

Have you ever been required by a state franchise regulator to include in your franchise agreement or disclosure document a provision that you believe he or she does not have the legal right to require? This issue often...more

FDA Issues Menu Labeling Final Guidance

The enforcement date will likely begin in May 2017. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its final guidance on April 29 on Menu Labeling (Final Guidance). Importantly, the FDA intends to begin enforcing the...more

FDA Issues Final Menu Labeling Guidance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on 29th April the publication of its final guidance for industry, “A Labeling Guide for Restaurants and Retail Establishments Selling Away-From-Home Foods – Part II (Menu...more

Watch Out: Ontario Ministry of Labour Inspection Blitzes/Initiatives Are Coming

The Ontario Ministry of Labour recently announced its 2016 and 2017 enforcement blitz and initiative schedule. In an effort to emphasize the importance of protecting workers’ rights and ensuring employer compliance with both...more

Going on the Offensive: How Retail and Restaurant Employers Can Mitigate Risk by Implementing Mandatory Arbitration Agreements

Over the past several years, there has been a growing trend of retail and restaurant businesses requiring their employees to sign mandatory arbitration agreements. Why? When properly drafted, mandatory arbitration...more

“Side Work” Lawsuits Brought by Restaurant Employees on the Rise

Ruby Tuesday is the latest restaurant chain to face a “side work” class-action lawsuit brought by employees who allege that they are underpaid pursuant to federal regulations. The suit against Ruby Tuesday involves thousands...more

Sign O’ The Times: SCOTUS Denies Cert In Franchise Arbitration Dispute

On Monday of this week, after stringing the parties along for five months, SCOTUS denied cert in a case involving the intersection between arbitration and franchise regulation. The petition was filed in November of 2015,...more

Return of the Food Trucks – New Offerings vs. Old Favorites

It’s that time of year again: flowers are blooming on the Common, the Red Sox had their opening day, and the best parts about Boston summer have started to reappear. This year, however, many of Boston’s beloved food trucks...more

Minimum Wage Increases in New York: What Employers Should Know

On April 4, 2015, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo executed sweeping legislation as part of the 2016-17 state budget, implementing a complicated and staggered set of minimum wage increases, and creating a system of paid family...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: April 2016 #2

That is SO last week - A couple of months ago, ride sharing app Lyft announced it had reached a settlement with drivers that would keep them classified as independent contractors, but pay them more than $12 million to...more

Court Rules Dissolution of Cooperative Corporation Is A Process, Not A Flash

I don’t see that many cases involving California’s Cooperative Corporation Law and so I was interested in a recent ruling by Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in English & Sons, Inc. v. Straw Hat Rests., Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist....more

Recent Ruling Means You May Need To Revise Your Tip-Pooling Plan

In a recent decision by the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, a 2011 U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) regulation that significantly restricts the common practice of “tip pooling” among wait staff and other service...more

New Jersey Court Makes Class Action Plaintiffs Pay the Price

The Appellate Division’s opinion in Dugan will undoubtedly hinder future plaintiffs who seek certification in New Jersey consumer class action cases. Defending against consumer class actions in New Jersey just got a...more

March 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

The cases reported in this update continue to reflect the fact that IC misclassification cases cut across virtually all industries. Below are IC misclassification cases from such diverse industries as insurance, ride-sharing,...more

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