Owning a restaurant is regarded as honor, but there are also lot’s of tough works. At the beginning, it’s hard to observe all the essential licenses. Although all the licenses are successfully observed, there are also legal issues involve when running the restaurant, such as monetary losses and safety issues as covered in class. Two years ago, I had had a dream of opening a Japanese cuisine curry restaurant; however, I have given it up since I knew the complexity of legal aspects. Nevertheless, I’m still interested in doing this paper because the legal issues which I’m going to discuss in this paper will help me at some points in real life. In this paper, I would like to discuss several legal issues in two specific fields when operating a restaurant: employees and customers.
Employees are such important roles in a restaurant; therefore, knowing some common laws about employees in a restaurant becomes necessary. In fact, there are so many issues related to employees; the first part of this paper will mainly discussed about how to pay employees including basic wage, overtime wage, and tips and what to determine hiring and termination.
First of all, to many employers, minimum wage is a big issue, especially in San Francisco. According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL, 2009), the minimum wage has been increased to $7.25 per hour since July 24, 2009. In California, the minimum wage remains the 2008 level which is $8.00 per hour. However in San Francisco, the minimum wage has increased to $9.79. San Francisco has been the second highest minimum wage city in the country, which is under Santa Fe in New Mexico (http://wagelaw.typepad.com/). At the employers’ standpoint, the remaining high level of minimum wage really hurts the restaurant business while the material prices are also increasing. Moreover, in the economic crisis period, less and less people would like to spend money in restaurants that it makes the industry have a more difficult time.
As a result,...