A Davis Wright Tremaine blog, the Restaurant Reporter is a bi-monthly summary of the state of the restaurant and hospitality industry. Riley Lagesen leads the team of Davis Wright Tremaine attorneys, who all practice out of the firm’s Restaurants group, charged with updating the blog on a host of legislative and legal concerns that effect restaurant owners and operators all over the world.
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Many mobile payment systems tailored for restaurants and other food vendors were introduced in 2011. Restaurant-industry insiders say 2012 could be a year of widespread adoption of these systems – and possibly a shakeout among them. Set forth below is a brief overview of leading systems, followed...
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By Jenna Mooney and Kaley Fendall, Davis Wright Tremaine On April 5, 2011, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor published its final amendments to regulations interpreting the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) and the Portal-to-Portal Act of 1947. Several of the...
By Chrys Martin, Davis Wright Tremaine Garnishment is a legal process by which an employer must withhold funds in its possession belonging to an employee and send them to a creditor. However, some direct tips are never in the employer’s possession, and accordingly are not likely subject to...
Jenna Mooney and Nicholas Kampars, Davis Wright Tremaine To say that the use of social networking tools has exploded in the past several years is an understatement. Some studies suggest that of the millions of Americans who use the Internet, nearly half frequent social networking websites such...
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By John B. Benazzi, Davis Wright Tremaine Anyone in the commercial real estate business can tell you that the past couple of years have seen a significant uptick in the number of commercial foreclosures and owner bankruptcies. While it does appear that the market is improving, we’re...
By Richard Rawson, Davis Wright Tremaine On April 6, 2011, the Social Security Administration (SSA) resumed sending employers “Social Security no-match letters” advising employers that the Social Security numbers (SSNs) reported for certain employees do not match SSA records. The...
By Duke Tufty, Davis Wright Tremaine Selling alcohol can be profitable for a restaurant, but the privilege of selling alcohol comes with responsibilities. Irresponsible alcohol service by one of your employees can result in violations, license suspensions, civil penalties, and even license...
By David Ernst, Davis Wright Tremaine On Jan. 4, 2011, President Obama signed into law the Food Safety Modernization Act, which mandates a number of new responsibilities on food manufacturers and food producers. The safety of imported food was a major consideration for lawmakers in supporting this...