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Tips on Identifying Service Charges

Does your organization automatically add “tips” for certain services—for example, parties of six or more in your restaurant?

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

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.

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Franchise Liability: Punishment for the Control Freak

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.

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You’ve Been Unfriended: Company Social Media Policies that Attack Employees’ Online Chatter May be Illegal

Imagine this: you have recently learned that a group of your employees have been posting negative comments about your business on Facebook.

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Restaurant Industry Sues Over New Tip Pooling Regulations that Exclude Kitchen Staff from Tip Pools

On July 12, 2012, restaurant associations filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on behalf of restaurants and their employees who share in tips and participate in tip pools.

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Is Your Site Accessible? Americans with Disabilities Act and Internet Access

The extent to which the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) applies to the Internet has for years been an important question for web site owners and operators large and small.

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

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

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Trust Fund Taxes – Trap for the Unwary

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 …

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