May 1st: A Day Without Immigrants

April 11, 2017By Jean Hagan

Many restaurants in the greater Los Angeles area and across the nation were impacted by the “Day without Immigrants” on February 16th. The way restaurants handled absent employees varied from no action to termination. The bigger impact is coming up on Monday, May 1st. The History of May 1st – Labor Protest Day May 1st … Read More

Immigration Raids

March 13, 2017By Jean Hagan

It is an unfortunate reality that your restaurant may be faced with a visit from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the near future. It can be a real challenge for employers to comply with directives from DHS when it involves cherished employee team members, but there are actions that you need to comply … Read More

CASE STUDY: $15 Minimum Wage

February 15, 2017By Jean Hagan

Whether we like it or not the $15.00 minimum is a reality and it will be here before we know it. As of January 1, 2017, the California state minimum wage is $10.50 an hour. Keep in mind most cities and counties are on their own accelerated schedules and will be well above the state … Read More

Annual 8027 – Employers Annual Information Return of Tip Income

January 18, 2017By Jean Hagan

It’s that time of year again to calculate your tip liability. 8027 forms are due annually by the last day of February on paper, or March 31st electronically. Employers that operate where food and beverages are served for onsite consumption and tipping is customary are required to file. Also, employers are required to file if … Read More

Time to Budget

October 26, 2016By Jean Hagan

It’s that time of year again, end of third quarter is upon us and many operators are calculating how Q4 will end up, but it’s also time to be thinking of Q1 and beyond. Restaurant operators have always hated the time and effort it takes to create a budget for their operations, but it is … Read More

Affordable Care Act Affecting Worker’s Compensation

September 3, 2016By Jean Hagan

As the Affordable Care Act started to take hold, work comp insurance companies questioned and assumed that ACA would not affect workers comp. The results are starting to come in and it is not what the insurance industry expected. ACA is absolutely affecting worker comp claims – claims are down because employees with insurance are … Read More

Client Profile: California Chicken Café

September 3, 2016By Jean Hagan

California Chicken Café, CCC as it is commonly referred to by its loyal customer base, has become a phenomenon in Los Angeles. Attracting a customer base that is so diverse which many restaurants envy. From the gym rat to the retired, California Chicken Café attracts a wide spectrum of guests that are interested in high … Read More

Mid-Year Tip Check

July 6, 2016By Jean Hagan

At this middle point of the year, it is extremely important to analyze where you stand with your employee tip reporting. Following IRS standards, all tips received by employees should be reported through payroll. Any deviation from actual tips received and tips reported will cause a payroll tax liability. The IRS rarely goes after individual … Read More

Minimum Wage Increases – Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Pasadena

June 22, 2016By Jean Hagan

July 1st brings changes to the minimum wage in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, and Pasadena. All cities are going to $10.50 per hour for all employees, but there are differences in regards to sick pay accruals and the use of service charges. Santa Monica has changed from the State mandated accrual for sick pay: The … Read More

SB 878 Restrictive Scheduling

May 19, 2016By Jean Hagan

State Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino) has introduced a bill which seeks to require food, grocery and general retail employers to provide employees with at least a 21 day schedule. Restaurants are being included in the bill even though the author agrees that it is not directed at the restaurant industry. The bill is more directly … Read More