Workers Compensation Captive (Self Insured) for Restaurant Companies

April 19, 2016By Jean Hagan

As worker compensation premiums continue to soar in California because of fraudulent claims, higher health costs and a poor loss experience in the restaurant industry, many companies will want to revisit using a “Captive” or self-insured approach. Captive Insurance A Captive has many advantages for larger restaurant companies with good safety records and MODS. The … Read More

Annual 8027 – Employers Annual Information Return of Tip Income

February 16, 2016By 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. You are required to file if your establishment serves food and beverages for onsite consumption and involves customary tipping. Also, employers are required to file if they … Read More

Your Management Hates your HR Department

January 18, 2016By Jean Hagan

There is a presumption in the restaurant industry that having a Human Resources manager/department helps you avoid pesky lawsuits and class action activity. Anyone that has been in the industry for more than a minute knows that this is totally untrue. Even the best HR manager/department cannot stop wage and hour or harassment issues from … Read More

Client Profile: Tacolicious

January 18, 2016By Jean Hagan

Growing up in Modesto Joe Hargrave wanted to go to culinary school and spend a lifetime in the food and beverage industry. Things changed a little after his first restaurant job when a mentor Chef advised him not to spend the money on culinary school and to just get a minimum wage job. The love … Read More

The Paid Sick Leave Holiday

January 16, 2016By Jean Hagan

We were all waiting to see how Paid Sick Leave was going to work out — now we have data and unfortunately, it’s exactly what we thought it would be. What a shocking coincidence that employees were out sick Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the day after Christmas. We really hope they are feeling better … Read More

CRA Golf Tournament to Benefit ProStart

January 15, 2016By Jean Hagan

We had a beautiful day and played on two great courses for the annual CRA Golf Tournament this year. There were 175 golfers participating in the tournament with scores of help from our sponsors and the CRA. We were able to raise over $40K for CRA LA Chapter and ProStart. We had many participants in … Read More

Managing Your Minimum Wage Increase

December 30, 2015By Jean Hagan

Starting Friday, January 1st, 2016 – the California State Minimum Wage changes to $10.00 per hour. Since this change will almost certainly fall within a payroll week, there are certain things that should be done to prepare for this increase. Importantly, all employees are subject to this increase – there is no differential between tipped … Read More

Client Profile: Dog Haus

January 20, 2015By Jean Hagan

Friends find a business in the Dog Haus After a couple of beers, there have been plenty of conversations about how much fun it would be to open a restaurant together but it usually doesn’t make as much sense the next day. In the case of Hagop Giragossian, Quasim Riaz and Andre Vener it actually … Read More

Cost of Goods in 2015

January 20, 2015By Jean Hagan

As we enter this New Year, the pricing of our core goods is fluctuating daily. According to the USDA, the grocery store consumer prices were 3.4% higher than for this period last year. Restaurant dining increased 2.9% over the same period. The restaurant industry is finally catching up with the increase we experienced over the … Read More

Minimum Wage, Minimum Wage, Minimum Wage

January 20, 2015By Jean Hagan

Yes, we are still talking about minimum wage increases here in California. The consensus is clearly in the favor of increased minimum wage being rolled out within the next year. At the Federal Level At the federal level, the tipped minimum wage is $2.13 – regular minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. That’s the advantage … Read More