What Restaurants and Other Retailers Should Know About California’s New Mandatory Sick Leave Law

Restaurants, wineries, breweries and other businesses in California may need to restructure their instituted sick leave policies following the passing of The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 and Assembly Bill No. 304 in 2015. California’s newly adopted law, which became effective in July 2015, makes employees of California businesses entitled to at least […]

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“Breakpoint” For Commercial Retail Leases

In large metropolitan areas, such as San Francisco, Los Angeles or New York City, commercial real estate leases often differ from residential leases in that they offer the landlord the opportunity to accumulate not only rent payments, but a portion of the tenant’s financial success as well. By drafting a lease that includes provisions for […]

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How Many Calories In My Cocktail?: “Chain” Retailers Now Required To Disclose Calorie Count For All “Standard Menu Items”

On November 25, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a new rule requiring retail food establishments to disclose certain nutritional information, including calorie counts, on their menu items. The rule will apply only to so-called “chain” retailers having “twenty or more locations doing business under the same name and offering for sale substantially […]


Underage Alcohol Sales, Compliance Checks and Minor Decoys: What Is Fair?

In October 2014, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), together with the Chico Police Department, took action against three liquor stores after a series of investigations on underage alcohol sales by Chico businesses. Reportedly, after conducting compliance checks at five separate Chico locations, authorities cited three clerks, working at Shell Gas Station, Chevron […]