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Via QSR Magazine image: Chef cleaning after preparing food How Restaurants Can Develop a Proper Food Safety Program

There are important considerations for bringing on temporary workers to meet the uptick in demand during the holidays.


Businesses often misclassify employees as independent contractors and, in the process, open themselves up to significant potential liability.

Many quick-service restaurants are looking to ramp up hiring efforts to meet the uptick in demand that the holiday season brings – which makes it critical for you to understand and avoid the legal pitfalls associated with seasonal employment. Here are 10 practical tips to help you stay compliant as you prepare for the holiday rush.

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Reminder to HR: Holiday Parties Are Lawsuits Waiting to Happen

November 29, 2023 via EBN

It's the season for company holiday parties — and potential legal nightmares that can turn a festive celebration into an HR headache. Executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas found that 57% of companies planned on having in-person holiday parties last year. 

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What Employers Should Know About the NLRB's New Joint Employer Rule

November 28, 2023 via Foster Garvey

The National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") recently issued a new joint employment rule that employers should review to avoid incurring or mitigate the responsibilities and potential liability of a joint employer under the National Labor Relations Act ("NLRA"). 

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Restaurants Add New Fees to Drive Employee Retention Amid Inflation

November 28, 2023 via PYMNTS

Advocates for restaurant workers said they have gathered enough signatures to secure a statewide ballot measure next year to raise the minimum wage for tipped service workers. In Massachusetts, the minimum wage for most workers was raised to $15 per hour early this year.

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What Keeps 4 Restaurant CEOS Up At NIght


November 15, 2023 via Restaurant Dive

Employee welfare and threats to franchising's "American dream" are two of the existential fears the heads of Cava, Chicken Salad Chick, Golden Corral and Caribou Coffee discussed at RFDC.

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Via QSR Magazine image: three young baristas learning how to use an espresso machine Ask the Restaurant Legal Professionals: What to Know When Hirng Minors

Restaurant workers haven’t returned to the sector in the numbers that business owners hoped to see years after pandemic lockdowns. By 2021, many restaurant owners struggled to fill cook, line cook, server, bartender and manager positions. And though the number of foodservice job openings and job seekers are beginning to near equilibrium, wage hikes and turnover are still squeezing operators. 


Inflation is driving up food costs and salaries, so restaurant owners are increasing menu prices to offset that overhead spending. But sticker shock is hurting restaurant customer counts, said Tony DiSilvestro, a Virginia Beach, Virginia-based business coach and restaurant owner.

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