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Navigating The U.S. D.O.L.’s New 80/20/30 Rule

The United States Department of Labor (U.S. D.O.L.) has issued new regulations regarding what was previously known as the “80/20 Rule” and is now known as the “80/20/30 Rule.”  As explained below, NY employers can largely ignore the rule with regard to pay for straight time hours but must follow it with regard to overtime pay.

New Report Reveals 49% of Consumers are Tipping More at Restaurants...

While the pandemic has created a number of hurdles and obstacles for restaurants both this year and last — consumers appear to be digging deeper in their pockets to reward restaurant and food delivery service workers this year. What might be causing this increase in generosity?

COVID Liability Waivers: What Protection They Do And Do Not Offer

COVID-19 liability waivers cannot provide immunity to the business from all lawsuits or protections from employees’ claims under workers’ compensation laws or workplace safety laws. Such waivers may, however, limit or even prevent liability for negligence and...

New NYC Commercial Lease Personal Liability Protections: What’s the Story?

As summarized in a statement by Carlina Rivera, the City Council Member who sponsored the bill, “[w]ith the signing of my bill, any small business owner with a personal liability clause in their lease will see that provision temporarily suspended.”

Some Considerations As The Restaurant Industry Hobbles Back Towards “Normal”

Restaurants in numerous states have been permitted to reopen for on-premises dining, whether outdoor only or indoor, with numerous anticipated restrictions. Restrictions presently in place include reduced customer capacity, prohibition on bar seating, requirements for employees - and in some cases patrons - to wear masks, and mandatory implementation of strict sanitation standards.

Navigating the Hospitality Industry’s Tough Road Back to “Normal”

The hospitality industry has been turned on its head as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. There are widespread restaurant and bar closures, and even those establishments that remain open for takeout and/or delivery are facing unique struggles.

COVID-19 Legal Q&A for Restaurateur Employers

We have summarized the answers to the most common legal questions that restauranteur employers may have concerning compensation, working conditions, and accommodating employees who cannot work because of COVID-19-related reasons.

Foodservice: A Growing Contributor To The Nation’s Economy

One of the most interesting aspects of my job as president of the New York State and City associations was conveying to members of various legislative bodies the value that foodservice operations bring to their community...