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Yearly Archives: 2012

Franchise Terms: Is it in the Contract?

October 2012 | ADA |

The oldest franchisor in the country recently took a hit in federal appeals court on its ability to set prices in its restaurants. The decision suggests that franchisors take a hard long look at the specifics of their contract language before changing course.

How Much is a Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment Worth? A Recent Verdict Suggests at Least $350,000

July 2012 | Blog |

A recent verdict from a federal jury in Baltimore, Maryland demonstrates the importance of having a well-drafted, widely disseminated, and consistently enforced policy that prohibits discrimination and harassment in the workplace.

Franchise Liability: Punishment for the Control Freak

July 2012 | Blog |

One reason that the franchise method of doing business appeals to so many is that, if used correctly, both parties operate with some freedom. A franchisor usually can expand its brands and system at a lower capital cost than by company-owned growth, and can teach its business methods but is independent.

The Nitty Gritty on Seattle’s New Sick & Safe Leave Ordinance

July 2012 | Blog |

On September 12, 2011, the Seattle City Council unanimously approved Ordinance No. 123698, which created a new chapter in the Seattle Municipal Code (“SMC”).

Trust Fund Taxes – Trap for the Unwary

July 2012 | Blog |

Sections 3402 and 3102 of the Internal Revenue Code require employers to withhold or deduct federal income and social security taxes from the wages of employees and …

Washington State Liquor Control Board Denies Extended Alcohol Service Hours

June 2012 | Blog |

Late last Wednesday, the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) denied a request by the City of Seattle which would allow them to extend the hours of alcohol service in local jurisdictions.

Welcome to Our New Blog!

May 2012 | Blog |

This blog is dedicated to serving the information needs of our clients, friends and everyone in the restaurant, hospitality and retail industries.