Hiring and firing decisions are legal minefields that are best navigated by the use of Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI). It is important that your business (restaurant owners, auto services and garages, property management firms are some of the specializations at Sutherland-Scherff) have clear policies that are applied consistently to each employee. Such policies must directly relate to the duties of their job. Do you know what type of decisions could trigger a claim? For example, is it legal to terminate:
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California restaurateurs should be concerned about possible legal actions that can leave your cherished business crippled. Have you really evaluated all of your risks involved with owning a restaurant? There are so many to consider, including business insurance to protect your company.
If you own a restaurant you will need to become familiar with Senate Bill 602. This is the California Food Handler Card bill. This bill requires most of the state’s restaurant workers to be trained and certified in proper food handling by July 1, 2011. The legislation that created the law, Senate Bill 602, is aimed at reducing kitchen-to-table illnesses at California’s restaurants. A food handler is defined by the law as a person who is involved in the preparation, storage or service of food in a food facility. The Sacramento Bee reports that employees pay $15 for the program and the exam. The 2½ hour training program consist of a short course, either self-directed online or led by a trainer, and a test on the elements of food safety needed to handle and serve food, including:
- Washing hands with soap and water before preparing food.
- Thoroughly cooking meat and poultry.
- Avoiding cross-contamination of food.
- Reporting suspected food-borne illnesses to local health authorities.
Becoming a member is easy, and once you are a member you have their web services available 24 hours a day in addition to other useful tools. The California Restaurant Association acts as an advocate, legal advisor, information source and networking tool for their members. The Restaurant Membership provides a wealth of resources to run and grow your business and will promote your success both on a daily basis and over the long-term.
The CRA website has links to experts sharing professional expertise and a hotline available for any industry related question, or during a crisis. They also supply labor law advice, along with links to helpful documents and websites related to the industry.
Additionally, CRA members have access to discounts on several industry products and services after becoming a member. From natural gas, to email marketing solutions, to payroll options, there is a list with links ready for you to start saving on.
ServSafe education is always important for your new employees. The CRA offers education, tips, and seminars to keep your staff up to date on the most current rules and regulations while working in a restaurant.
They also offer California Restaurant Insurance Services. They know essential ingredients including yourself, your business, your employees and your customers can be protected and benefit with the correct coverage.